World Thai cave rescue: What we know about the trip out of the cave

02:32  09 july  2018
02:32  09 july  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

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The huge operation to rescue the remaining members is still underway, but we've learned a little about how rescuers managed to get the first four boys out.

The trip out with the boys takes almost eight hours

But the trip out with the first group of boys was a much longer, and more delicate operation.

The ABC's South-East Asia correspondent Liam Cochrane is at the cave, and he says to get out of the complex the boys have to wade and dive through floodwaters, before climbing and walking to the cave entrance.

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The narrowest gap during the dive is just 38cm wide.

"That's just a little bit bigger than a standard school ruler, just enough room for you to fit your head through," Cochrane said.

"So the boys would have had to be pushed through that gap and the experts with them would have to take off their air tanks and push them through as well."

Once the boys finish the dive section, they're handed to a second group of rescuers (including some Australians) who help them climb about 2km to the cave entrance.

Cochrane says there are ropes in place in some sections, because the climb is so slippery and tricky.

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Cochrane says the boys have been paired up with two expert divers for the trip out of the cave.

"They were guided through on a kind of a buddy system," he said.

"The man who is leading this rescue operation described them as having the boys underneath them and swimming below and guiding them through the waters with almost no visibility."

Because the boys have never scuba dived before, they've been given full-face scuba masks so they can breathe through their mouth and nose.

We don't know which of the boys came out first

The names of the four boys who have been rescued haven't been released yet.

Rescuers have stopped now to replenish air supplies

"You can imagine with so many people helping out along the way, they'll be going through a lot of air, so a lot of logistics," Cochrane said

As far as we know, the rescue effort will begin again at 10am (AEST).

Officials say it could take up to four days to rescue the entire group.

Unfortunately, it's started raining again at the rescue site, but we're unclear how much of an impact it's having on the efforts to free the boys.

"There's a lot of pumping going on in the cave complex, so we can only hope that they're managing to keep the water levels stable, at least, and keep the currents relatively calm," Cochrane said.


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