Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Rain adds urgency to rescue of last five trapped in cave

Rain adds urgency to rescue of last five trapped in cave

The plan, he said, is to bring out the four boys and their coach on Tuesday if the weather cooperates.

A second mission, which rescued another four boys, commenced on Monday, July 9.

Thai Navy SEALS divers have already rescued eight of the boys.

Officials were not immediately available to comment on who had been brought out, and it was not clear what condition they were in.

He and Craig Challen were among 20 Australians involved in the Thai-led rescue effort.

"It was a complete, unexpected shock", Pearce, the organisation's clinical services director, told reporters.

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Officials are hoping that the final phase of the rescue can be completed in four or five hours, Narongsak said, according to Thai Public Broadcasting.

The boys rescued so far are in good overall health despite spending two weeks in the dank cave system, said Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the ministry of public health, at a news conference in Chiang Rai.

But the efforts to rescue the boys - aged between 11 and 16 - have proved a monumental challenge.

The fact they are footballers who are "strong and in good health" may account for their physical resilience, he added.

Jesada said the group had been given x-rays and blood tests, adding that two presented suspected symptoms of pneumonia but were given antibiotics and were "in a normal state".

Manning paid tribute to former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunan, who died after delivering oxygen tanks in the cave.

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British divers found the 13 a week ago.

Families of the first four have been able to see their children through a glass window, Chokedamrongsook said.

The authorites are still keeping the eight rescued boys away from their parents for fear of infection.

They are still being quarantined from their parents because of the risk of infection and would likely be kept in hospital for a week to undergo tests, officials said.

Police and military personnel use umbrellas to shield a rescued boy beng transferred on a stretcher from a helicopter to an ambulance after he emerged from the Tham Luang cave.

Elon Musk, the billionaire owner of Tesla and SpaceX, was in Thailand with engineers from his companies to offer their expertise in the rescue.

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Eight boys have now been rescued from Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand after a youth soccer team intending to write their names on the wall of the tourist attraction was driven miles into the labyrinth by sudden monsoon rains that seasonally close and flood the caverns. "Hopefully useful. If not, perhaps it will be in a future situation".

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