Thai boys were passed 'sleeping' through cave, says rescue diver

Coventry Telegraph

Coventry Telegraph

In a day of high drama, the remaining five boys emerged in groups as evening approached, guided out by global divers and the Seals, who have played an integral role throughout an unprecedented rescue mission.

Australian divers have revealed divers and rescue workers were more than 1.5km inside the cave when the pump failed forcing more than 100 rescue workers to scramble desperately out.

The ninth boy was carried from the cave on a stretcher shortly AFTER 11:00 SAST, Reuters and CNN reported.

Jesada Chokdumrongsuk, deputy director-general of the Public Health Ministry, said the first four boys rescued, aged 12 to 16, are now able to eat normal food.

Thongchai said the soccer teammates are in a "very good mental state" and are showing no signs of stress. It is now unclear whether Musk or his technology will be used in the rescue efforts, but Musk confirmed via tweet that the submarine is in Thailand and ready to be used if needed.

Pictures from Tuesday: The unprecedented mission to evacuate the "Wild Boar" football team and their coach from a flooded Thai cave entered its end game on Tuesday as rescuers said they will guide the remaining four boys and their coach to freedom.

Narongsak Osatanakorn is the official who oversaw the rescue operation.

Boys rescued from Thailand's Tham Luang Cave had to turn down an invitation to the World Cup to remain under medical care.

Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen spoke with Adisak Wongsukchan, the father of 14-year-old Nong Bew who was among the four boys rescued on Monday.


There are concerns they may have consumed contaminated water, while bird or bat droppings could cause infections.

Officials said they had low body temperatures coming out of the caves.

Rescuers working at a cave site in northern Thailand have suspended operations for the day after bringing four more boys out of the flooded cave system on Monday. However, scattered monsoon rains continued to risk percolating through the limestone cave walls to flood the tunnels with fast-flowing water.

A crack team of foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALS has been guiding the boys out through almost 4 km (2.5 miles) of sometimes submerged, pitch-dark channels.

France were the first team to reach the final when they defeated Belgium on Wednesday morning AEST.

The first people to find the 12 boys and their coach were British divers John Volanthen and Richard Stanton. However, doctors later relented after some of the boys asked for bread with chocolate topping.

He said they would need to keep at least two metres away for their boys for at least 48 hours, until "we are sure there is no infection, then they can visit them normally". Mini-sub is ready if needed.

Officials involved in the rescue of the soccer team from the Tham Luang cave complex have politely declined to deploy the submarine brought over by Tesla CEO Elon Musk to assist with the extraction of the kids.

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