More Boys Rescued From Thailand Cave

Mae Harvey
July 10, 2018

Officials said Monday that the first four rescued boys were all "good and happy" after spending 16 days trapped inside the cave but that they were complaining of being "hungry".

Four of the boys' teammates and Thai dive experts were flown to the same hospital for treatment the day before. "Today they are really catching a break from the weather" of the rainy season, Tracy said.

The four remaining boys and their coach, Ekaphol Chantawong, are spending night 17 inside the cave but it is still unclear if they will be freed by the end of Tuesday.

He was taken by helicopter and then ambulance to the hospital in Chiang Rai were the first four boys, who were rescued on Sunday, are now being held in quarantine as they undergo tests.

Local officials refused to confirm the identities of those who had been saved, and their parents have not been informed of who is out.

Four additional boys, along with their 25-year-old soccer coach, remain in the cave and await the next round of rescues, CNN reported.

The Thai soccer team ventured into the Tham Luang cave complex after practice and became trapped by rising waters more than a fortnight ago.

The boys brought out of the dark, winding cave overnight are "safe and conscious", said Chiang Rai province acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is in charge of the rescue effort.

Last week, Musk sent engineers from two of his companies, SpaceX and Boring Co., to assist Thai officials in the rescue effort, which comprises a large team of global diving, engineering and medical experts, among other professionals.

Four were rescued Sunday and another four were rescued on Monday.

The five people still stuck in Tham Luang cave have also been assessed as healthy by a doctor, who journeyed three kilometres through the cave complex to reach them. But in the past few days, they have avoided the heavy downpours that can flood the cave. Wearing full-face masks, the boys either swam or were pulled along. "And we have more expertise than yesterday", he said.

However, many have been asking the very reasonable question of why the boys were in the cave in the first place? "The plan that I've held on to from the beginning is that we have to bring the kids out and the determining factor of this plan is to have as little water as possible". The rescued boys had to travel almost two and a half miles from inside the cave to reach the outside, a path that is partially submerged in fast-flowing freezing water and with peaks and crevices extremely hard to fit through.

Hours later, Musk shared video of the narrow, bullet-shaped tube being maneuvered through an underwater obstacle course with the assistance of two divers.

The death Friday of a former Thai navy SEAL underscored the risks.

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