Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

All 12 boys and their football trainer 'pulled from flooded Thailand cave'

All 12 boys and their football trainer 'pulled from flooded Thailand cave'

They began by eating medical rations but have now had "normal food", though nothing spicy, just soft boiled rice.

As we enter the day three of the Thai cave rescue mission, the public health permanent secretary Dr Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, from the Ministry of Public Health and Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital, spoke to the media this morning (local time) about the health of the eight boys who have been rescued so far. "Everyone is in high spirits and are happy to get out".

Filmmakers are facing backlash after scoping out the Thai cave site in hopes of making a film based on the 12 school boys and their soccer coach who were trapped.

"Today (Tuesday) we hope to be faster", Narongsak added, of the complex and unsafe operation that involves diving through narrow, flooded chambers. He said a medic and three SEALS in the cave, who've been looking after those trapped, will also come out.

A crack team of foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALS guided the boys during a nine-hour operation through almost 4 km of sometimes submerged, pitch-dark channels from where they have been trapped for more than a fortnight.

Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around their hospital beds.

He said, "the kids are footballers so they have high immune systems".

How did the boys get trapped in the cave?

At least nine ambulances and a convoy of other vehicles were at the cave site Tuesday.

Nargonsak said this phase may take longer than the previous two rescue missions, which both lasted several hours.

There are concerns they may have consumed contaminated water, while bird or bat droppings could cause infections.

Officials have not been commenting on the rescue mission as it has been taking place, so it was not clear what condition those brought out on Tuesday were in. A second mission, which rescued another four boys, commenced on Monday, July 9.

Elon Musk says he has visited the flooded cave in northern Thailand where a youth soccer team became trapped and has left a mini-submarine there for future use.

On Sunday, Musk tweeted a series of videos showing a team of divers testing the pod in the swimming pool at Palisades Charter High School. "All the 13 Wild Boars are now out of the cave", the SEALs said on Facebook.

The challenging mission involved each of the boys wearing a full dive mask as a diver leads the way carrying their oxygen tank while being guided by a rope.

"We were obviously very afraid of any kind of panic from the divers", he said, adding he was in awe of the boys' ability to stay calm.

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