CHIANG RAI, 9th July 2018 (NNT) – Rescuers on Sunday were able to pull four boys from a flooded cave complex in Chiang Rai province where they had been trapped for more than two weeks.
Chairing a press conference at 9 pm last night, Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osottanakorn told members of the press that four members of the ‘Wild Boar’ Academy football team had been successfully extracted from Tham Luang Cave.
The first boy came out at 5.40 pm, followed by the second boy around 20 minutes later. Both of them were immediately airlifted to Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital. The third and fourth boys were brought outside the cave, also in good health, at 7.40 and 7.50 pm.
The governor added last night that the rescue mission would resume within the next 20 hours after authorities reconvene to assess conditions in the cave and replace oxygen tanks.
Sunday’s operation by 18 rescuers, made up of 13 foreigners and 5 Thai Navy Seals, was a race against time as a monsoon rainstorm was approaching, not to mention the fact that rescuers had to handle low-visibility conditions when diving in the murky floodwaters as well as rapidly dropping oxygen levels.
Although last night’s rescue needed only 18 divers, the entire operation comprises 90 expert divers – 40 from Thailand and 50 from overseas – working in the cave system and making preparations for the extraction of all the trapped boys and their soccer coach.
Source : NNT