Final Rescue Mission For Trapped Thai Boys' Football Team Is Underway

Thailand Ministry of Public Health

Thailand Ministry of Public Health

- Divers and rescue workers in Thailand have begun what could be the final push to free four boys and their soccer coach still trapped in a cave in the country's remote north, according to a Thai Navy official with knowledge of the operational details.

An ambulance believed to be carrying one of the rescued boys heads to the hospital in Chiang Rai.

"[The Australians] have been a big help, especially the doctor", the leader of the rescue mission, acting Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotanakorn told an Australian Nine News reporter on Wednesday.

The fate of the boys has been followed around the world.

The disappearance, discovery and rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team has gripped people all over the world.

The 12 boys and coach rescued over the three previous days "took care of themselves well in the cave", Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong, a public health inspector, said at a news conference at the hospital in Chiang Rai city where the group is recovering.

The field hospital at Tham Luang would continue its services for two more days, treating people who were involved in the rescue, mostly for body pains and fevers, he said.

"When I saw the diver and the kid on the horizon, I still didn't know if it was a casualty or if it was a kid so I was very scared", said Ivan Karadzic, one of the rescuers inside the cave.

Celebrations will be tinged with sadness over the loss of a former Thai navy diver who died last Friday while on a re-supply mission inside the cave in support of the rescue.


Health officials have also previously said the boys would get a mental health evaluation, to address any problems caused by their ordeal.

There are still many police and soldiers around but the divers - of whom there were more than a 100 at peak time - have all gone, presumably to finally get some rest.

The most risky part of the journey out of the labyrinth cave system is the first kilometer, during which they are required to squeeze through a narrow flooded channel.

Tests on the first two groups rescued found no infection with any unsafe disease, the health inspector-general said.

Walker tweeted: "Amazing news that all of the Thai kids are out of the cave safely!"

For now the boys were in isolation to try to keep them safe from infections by outsiders. "But we will have a psychiatrist evaluate them".

Deep inside the cave system, Dr Harris administered a mild sedative to the boys, ensuring they remained calm during the gruelling 1.7km swim to the surface.

US President Trump said their rescue was "a lovely moment".

The idea for that invitation which was spread over several days came from Bobby Charlton - one of those who survived the crash and also came from a mining community - and 23 of the miners eventually went, with the visit culminating in them watching the team play Arsenal.

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