Thai cave rescue: four more boys rescued with five still waiting

10 July 2018

Thai cave rescue: four more boys rescued with five still waiting

Four more boys from the soccer team trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand have been rescued after a second day of successful efforts, leaving another four boys and their assistant coach to be evacuated in the next 24 hours.

The leader of the rescue operation, Narongsak Osottanakorn, said the boys were taken to hospital immediately after they were rescued by divers on Monday night (Australia time).

“All four boys have arrived at hospital, all are safe,” Mr Osottanakorn told reporters of those freed on Monday.

The same divers who rescued the first four boys on Sunday also rescued this group too, in an operation that Mr Osottanakorn said could “take days”.

When asked if the remaining four boys and their coach would come out at the same time, Mr Osottanakorn responded, saying,  “It depends on the plan … We have set the plan for four people so if they want to take five out [at the same time], then they need to change the plan.”

Thailand is currently going through their annual wet season which has increased the dangers of rescuing the boys, with heavy rain and a threat of a monsoon making the rescue effort success rate unpredictable on a day-to-day basis.

However, Mr Osottanakorn has said that the latest heavy rainfall has had no effect on water levels inside the cave.

The crisis has sparked a global effort to rescue the boys, with many people from around the world coming together to help in any way they can.

One such effort includes Elon Musk, CEO and owner of SpaceX, building a child-sized, submersible pod, which does not require the boys to swim, or learn how to use diving gear and oxygen bottles.

While the device has been delivered into the complex cave system, it is unknown at this time if the contraption will be used in the rescue.