Thai cave rescue sees four more boys freed

Blanche Robertson
July 12, 2018

Officials told Reuters that Monday's rescue operation would take between 10 and 20 hours.

Musk had offered mini submarine, named Wild Boar after the kids' football team, to help in the rescue operation.

Thai Navy SEALS divers have already rescued eight of the boys.

"The rescue has been enormous", said volunteer helper Somjit Saenset, 56. "I'm so happy the children came out safely".

The leaders overseeing the desperate and risky rescue of 12 young soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave labyrinth in northern Thailand were only half joking when they quipped that success was in the hands of the rain god Phra Pirun. "I want to send my moral support for all involved" in the rest of the mission.

They were found last Monday by two expert British divers.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, speaking Tuesday before the final rescue was completed, said the boys were given an anti-anxiety medication to help with their perilous removal from the cave.

The children, aged between 11 and 16, would likely spend another week in the hospital, according to the official.

While the eyes of the world have been focused on the Thai soccer team being rescued in a cave, entrepreneur Elon Musk has been hatching a plan. The rescued boys are still being held in quarantine for testing and have not been able to have direct contact with their parents yet.

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And because males don't bite (they prefer to chomp on plant nectar), there was no risk they would spread disease. Take the Aedes aegypti , also known as the yellow fever mosquito, as an example.

Narongsak said rescuers had to tighten a guide rope as part of their preparations for Monday's operation.

The identity of the rescued boys has not been confirmed by authorities.

The first eight boys rescued from a Thai cave are in decent physical and mental health with some even asking for chocolate, but they remain in hospital and under psychological observation for any lasting damage from their underground ordeal.

Concerns abounded that they could have resorted to contaminated water or been exposed to bird or bat droppings common in the cave.

The first eight boys brought out were doing well and were in good spirits at the hospital.

It ended with their fighting cheer, adopted from the US Navy: "Hooyah!"But bringing out the remaining four boys and their coach could take more than one operation, Narongsak warned".

That led an upbeat Narongsak to promise more "good news" on Monday afternoon that materialised a few hours later with the emergence of the other four. However, doctors treating the boys said it was too soon for them to make the trip. It is rainy season in Thailand at the moment, with torrential downpours that appear out of nowhere dominating the weather patterns.

And Gianna Infantino, the president of Federation Internationale de Football Association, soccer's governing body, has invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.

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