Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Last remaining kid, coach evacuated from Thai cave

Divers look to complete rescue of youth soccer players trapped in flooded Thailand cave Twelve boys and football coach rescued from flooded cave in Thailand after 17 -day ordeal
Charles Bowen | 11 July, 2018, 00:57

The boys and their coach, all from the "Wild Boars" soccer team, became trapped by rainy season floodwater on June 23rd when they had set out to explore the vast cave complex after soccer practice.

The rescue mission wasn't without tragedy: A retired Thai Navy SEAL officer, identified as 38-year-old Saman Gunan, died while placing oxygen canisters along the escape route after he ran out of air.

Cheers erupted at a local government office where dozens of volunteers and journalists were awaiting news of whether the intricate and high-risk rescue mission had succeeded.

Boys number six and seven were brought out a little over an hour later, with boy number eight spotted being taken out at about 7.40pm local time.

Audiences around the world cheered the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a cave in Thailand with messages of support as the saga generated suggestions of help, prayers and - finally - expressions of relief.

Heavy rainfall and flooding near the cave prevented rescuers from reaching them for nearly 10 days.

Tech-billionaire Elon Musk also said that he has visited the site of the rescue operation and has delivered them a mini-submarine to be used if necessary.

Some of the children rescued even had a typical kid's request at the hospital after being trapped without food for so long - bread with chocolate spread.

More news: France take on Belgium for a place in the final

A twelfth person was rescued on Tuesday from a flooded Thai cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped for more than two weeks, a Reuters witness said, apparently leaving just one more to be brought out to safety.

British divers found them grouped together in complete darkness on a muddy bank several kilometres inside the cave on Monday.

There was one fatality during the unsafe rescue mission.

The Seals said they are still waiting for a medic and three navy Seals who stayed with the boys to emerge from the cave.

Two of them possibly have a lung infection but all eight are generally "healthy and smiling", he said.

"I am very happy about those who already made it out and I think everyone will be out today", said Waranchit Karnkaew, 14, who also said the football-mad boys had been closely following games at the World Cup in Russian Federation before they were trapped. "Everyone is in high spirits and are happy to get out. We wish them all the best for the future".

The group is "going to be kept in isolation for the next few days - possibly a week", she said.

It was clear that doctors were taking a cautious approach.

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