All 12 boys and their football trainer 'pulled from flooded Thailand cave'

Tuesday, 10 Jul, 2018

They are part of a youth soccer team known as the Wild Boars.

The group of boys belonged to a Thai football team the Wild Boars.

All 12 boys and their football coach have been rescued from a Thai cave after an 18-day ordeal, the Thai Navy SEALs said in a Facebook post on Tuesday evening, on the third day of a complex mission to bring them out.

Apart from the coach, the age ranges given by the doctor indicate that the youngest boy in the group - 11-year-old Chanin Wiboonrungrueng - is still in the cave. A local government official confirmed the rescue while a police source, who also did not want to be named, said "the ninth and 10th were about 20 minutes apart".

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha dismissed rumours on Tuesday that the boys had been drugged to facilitate the operation, saying the children had not been given anaesthetic. "Who the hell would give that to a kid?" "They can have normal food but we are making sure it is easily digestible, not spicy or too strongly flavoured".

Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is heading the rescue effort, said earlier that Tuesday's operation began just after 10 a.m. and involved 19 divers.

Officials said they were thankful to Musk for his help but said there was no chance of using the mini sub to rescue the remaining boys.

Narongsak Osottanakorn followed a similar protocol on day one and day two of the rescue, withholding confirmation until the mission for the day had ended. Four boys and their coach remain in the cave, but it's unclear if authorities will try to extract them in a group of four or try to take the five out in a single mission.

All eight boys rescued on the first two days are being treated in an isolation ward in a Chiang Rai hospital.

This means that a total of eleven boys are now out of the caves, and on their way for hospital observation via helicopter.

However, those who have been taken to hospital are apparently in good health, and asking for food - including chocolate bread - from hospital staff.

Two British divers found them nine days later huddled on a muddy ledge in pitch darkness more than four kilometres inside the cave system.

Each of the rescued boys has been guided through the dark winding cave by a pair of divers.

Two of the boys are thought to have lung infections, but there are no serious complaints to report.

"The kids are footballers so they have high immune systems", Jedsada told repoters. "Everyone is in high spirits and is happy to get out".

He said they would need to keep at least 2 metres away from their boys for at least 48 hours, until "we are sure there is no infection, then they can visit them normally".

It was clear doctors were taking a cautious approach. Dr Jedsada said they were uncertain what type of infections the boys could face "because we have never experienced this kind of issue from a deep cave".

Four more of the boys were carried on stretchers out of the labyrinthine Tham Luang cave on the Myanmar border at dusk on Monday, bringing to eight the number brought out after two rescue pushes on successive days.

"Even though their equipment is technologically sophisticated, it doesn't fit with our mission to go in the cave".

Overnight, the entrepreneur Elon Musk posted on social media that he had personally delivered a child-sized submarine to the site which he has developed to assist with the operation, but it is unlikely to play a role.