9 July 2018Hot off the Press
Four members of the soccer team trapped in a cave in Thailand have been rescued overnight, with eight more boys remaining.
The four boys with the weakest health were the ones to be rescued first.
One of the boys has been identified as Mongkol “Mark” Boonpiam, who is just 14 years old, and was reported to have been the most fragile.
Another boy of the four was identified as Prajak Sutham.
The leader of the rescue efforts, former Chiang Rai province Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn, said that the next rescue operation would take place 10 to 20 hours after the four boys were rescued, assuming helicopters were prepared and oxygen tanks refuelled by Monday (local time).
The same divers who rescued the boys on Sunday are expected to conduct the next rescue effort.
The threat of a monsoon is a key reason as to why the rescue operation has rapidly progressed.
Rescuers from around the world have joined in the efforts to bring the boys to safety.
Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, has also participated in the global effort to rescue the group, by creating a kid-sized submarine built to navigate the complex cave.
It is unknown if the contraption will reach Thailand in time to aid in the rescue operation.
Simulating maneuvering through a narrow passage pic.twitter.com/2z01Ut3vxJ
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2018
People around the world are also paying tribute to Thai navy SEAL, Petty Officer First Class Saman Gunan, who died on Friday while taking part in the rescue efforts.
It was reported that the 37-year-old died “in cold waters deep inside the cave complex around 2am on Friday, local time, after he ran out of air.”
How quickly the boys will be able to move out of the cave will depend on the weather conditions and water levels inside the cave, where operations “may stop and start depending on conditions”, Mr Osottanakorn said.