World Thai cave rescue: First boys freed by rescue divers, officials say

16:31  08 july  2018
16:31  08 july  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

Some of the same divers who pulled the first 4 boys out of the Thai cave went back to rescue the 2nd group of 4 — traversing 10 miles to do so

  Some of the same divers who pulled the first 4 boys out of the Thai cave went back to rescue the 2nd group of 4 — traversing 10 miles to do so Rescuers have evacuated eight boys from a cave in northern Thailand after diver<g class="gr_ gr_4 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins replaceWithoutSep" data-gr-id="4" id="4">s to guid</g>e the boys over two miles back to the cave's entrance.&nbsp;Some divers rescuing the boys trapped in a cave in northern Thailand have traversed about 10 miles over the past two days.

The rescue : 13 international divers and 5 Thai Navy SEALs have entered the cave to start the difficult process of freeing 12 boys and their soccer coach. Long process : The boys will be taken out one by one , in an operation that could "take days," the local governor says .

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At least two members of the trapped boys' soccer team have been rescued from a cave in northern Thailand, local officials say.

The Reuters news agency, citing a senior member of the rescue team, has reported at least six boys have left the cave.

However the Thai navy SEALS say four boys have been taken out, according to AP.

Two of the boys have now reportedly arrived at hospital.

Divers had earlier launched a daring and dangerous mission to rescue the children and their soccer coach, who had been trapped underground for more than two weeks.

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"Two kids are out. They are currently at the field hospital near the cave," Tossathep Boonthong, chief of the health department in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, told Reuters.

"We are giving them a physical examination."

An ambulance believed to be carrying rescued schoolboys travels to the helipad. © ABC News An ambulance believed to be carrying rescued schoolboys travels to the helipad.

Two ambulances left the cave and drove to a nearby helipad, and a helicopter was seen taking off.

Officials had said earlier that helicopters were on standby to take anyone rescued from the cave to a hospital.

It was unclear who was inside the ambulances or the helicopter.

Officials did not immediately comment.

Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand's elite navy SEAL unit are trying to bring the rest of the boys — some as young as 11 and weak swimmers — through narrow, submerged passageways that claimed the life of a former Thai navy diver on Friday.

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Thai officials have been briefed on proposed operation to evacuate the team alongside experienced divers in what is being called a “buddy dive .”

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A military helicopter believed to be carrying rescued boys takes off near the cave. © ABC News A military helicopter believed to be carrying rescued boys takes off near the cave.

'Today is D-Day'

Their ordeal has drawn huge media attention in Thailand and abroad, and getting the boys out safely could be a boost for Thailand's ruling junta ahead of a general election next year.

"Today is D-Day," Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue mission, had earlier told reporters.

Bursts of heavy monsoon rain soaked the Tham Luang Cave area in northern Chiang Rai province on Sunday and storms were expected in the coming weeks, increasing the risks in what has been called a "war with water and time" to save the team.

The boys, aged between 11 and 16, went missing with their 25-year-old coach after soccer practice on June 23, setting out on an adventure to explore the cave complex near the border with Myanmar and celebrate a boy's birthday.

Rescuing them all could take three to four days and depended on the weather, an army commander involved in the mission said.

Rain adds urgency to rescue of last five trapped in Thai cave .
Rescuers raced to save four young footballers and their coach who remain trapped in a flooded Thai cave Tuesday, as heavy rains threatened an already perilous escape mission that has seen eight of the boys extracted. The members of the "Wild Boars" team, aged between 12 and 16, were guided to safety through the twisting, submerged passages of the Tham Luang cave by a team of international expert divers flanked by Thai Navy SEALs over two days in a meticulously planned operation.

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