Friday, 20 July, 2018

Rescue Operation To Save The Thai Football Team Is Underway

Thailand Navy SEALs Confirm Multiple Boys of Youth Soccer Team Rescued from Cave Four Thai boys rescued from flooded cave
Melinda Barton | 09 July, 2018, 06:19

An Australian doctor checked the health of the boys on Saturday night and gave the all-clear for the operation to proceed.

Chiang Rai province acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is heading the operation, said earlier Sunday that 13 foreign and five Thai divers were taking part in the rescue and two divers will accompany each boy as they are gradually extracted.

Attention has focused on the only adult, 25-year-old former monk Ekapol, and the role he has played in both their predicament and their survival.

Sources told the Bangkok Post that one of the first two boys rescued in 13-year-old Mongkol Boonpiem.

The letters from the boys penned by the Thai Navy SEAL who is staying with the boys in the cave.

The cave system, in a limestone mountain range bordering Myanmar in northern Thailand, has proven to be a formidable challenge for the global rescue coalition drawing some of the world's best divers who have volunteered to help in the operation alongside Thai Navy SEALs.

Divers have been guiding the boys through darkness and submerged passageways towards the mouth of the Tham Luang cave system.

The operation to rescue the boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach by having them dive out of the flooded cave began Sunday morning, with expert divers entering the sprawling complex for the complicated and unsafe mission.

Mr Osatanakorn said a one-mile passage from the cave entrance to the third chamber, a staging ground for the mission, was "mostly walkable", adding: 'Although there are some slightly hard parts [where] we have to bend or crawl, we can say that we can just walk through it.

The "Wild Boars" team has been confined to the Tham Luang cave since June 23, when they went in after practice and were hemmed in by monsoon floods.

But for many in Thailand, Mr Ekapol, who left monkhood three years ago, is an nearly divine force, sent to protect the boys as they go through this ordeal.

The entire nation is glued to the media coverage of the rescue mission, and Thai authorities have insisted they will not compromise on the safety of the trapped group.

Water in the cave reached its lowest level on Saturday, but storms are expected in the next couple of days.

Officials had said earlier that helicopters were on standby to take anyone rescued from the cave to a hospital.

Up on the hill, where rescuers are seeking alternative routes down into the cave, another accident occurred when a vehicle skidded off a dirt track, seriously injuring several people, authorities said.

"We have a fraction of a second to help them come out", the governor said.

Officials said Sunday morning that "today is D-Day".

Elon Musk has also dispatched engineers from Tesla, Space X, and the Boring Company.

"Very fearless and talented people!" he tweeted.

More than 100 exploratory holes were also bored into the mountainside in an attempt to open a second evacuation route and avoid forcing the boys into the risky dive. With love." "Don't be anxious, I miss everyone. The Thai official in Sunday night's news conference said rescue workers need "about 10 hours" to prepare for next operation. I'm happy being here inside, the navy SEALS have taken good care.