After more than 2 weeks of rescue operations, all 12 boys and their football coach have been saved from Thailand’s Tham Luang cave complex. Channel NewsAsia’s Saksith Saiyasombut with the report.
Rescuers have been taking the strongest boys out first. It may seem counterintuitive, but the reasoning for that was that officials want the boys who have the best chance of surviving to get through the escape route first.
The boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach became stranded when they went exploring inside after a practice game. Monsoon flooding blocked off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for almost 10 days.
Rescuers working at a cave site in northern Thailand have suspended operations for the day after bringing four more boys out of the flooded cave system Monday, according to a witness working with the rescue team, bringing the total number of rescued boys to eight.
Tham Luang caves, Thailand (CNN)Rescuers working at a cave site in northern Thailand have suspended operations for the day after bringing four more boys out of the flooded cave system Monday, according to a witness working with the rescue team, bringing the total number of rescued boys to eight.Four more boys and their coach remain trapped inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex.The first boy to emerge Monday was seen on a stretcher just before 4:30 p.m. local time (5:30 a.m. ET). He was taken by helicopter and ambulance to the same hospital in Chiang Rai where the first four boys rescued Sunday by a team of international and Thai dive experts are being treated.
At least four boys have been rescued from a cave in Thailand on Sunday, hours after 18 divers began their operation to free the 12 boys and their soccer coach, who have been trapped in the flooded cavern more than two weeks, Thai Navy SEAL said.
- The rescue: 13 international divers and 5 Thai Navy SEALs have entered the cave to start the difficult process of freeing 12 boys and their soccer coach.
- Long process: The boys will be taken out one by one, in an operation that could “take days,” the local governor says.
- Heavy rain forecast: Rescuers were forced to act before the arrival of heavy rain.
- 15 days: That’s how long it’s been since the boys — aged 11 to 16 years old — and their 25-year-old coach entered the cave.