Rescue Operation To Save The Thai Football Team Is Underway

Former navy diver dies during Thailand cave rescue effort

Authorities undertook the unsafe mission to rescue 12 Thai schoolboys and their soccer coach trapped inside a flooded cave on Sunday and authorities said the entire task may take three-four days to complete.

It reported: 'Only six of the boys will be taken out tonight'.

On June 23, 2018, a junior football team - Wild Boars - made a decision to explore the Tham Luang cave located in Thailand's Chian Rai Province.

Twelve boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach became stranded when they went exploring in the cave after a game, reports said.

The cave is a karstic cave complex under the Doi Nang Non mountain range that lies on the border between Thailand and Myanmar. It is only a small battle we've won, but the war has not ended.

Last week, as hopes for rescue were fading, divers found that the boys and their coach had survived and were trapped on a ledge deep inside the cave.

Four boys were rescued Sunday night after 16 days in a cave in Thailand, and eight other youths and their soccer coach will attempt the journey out after a break of about 10 to 20 hours.

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The rescue operation will now pause for at least 10 hours, according to Narongsak Osatanakorn, chief of the command centers coordinating the rescue, so that divers can replenish their oxygen tanks. "We have to be 100 percent confident that there is no risk to the boys before we evacuate", provincial governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said.

The boys - cold, malnourished and exhausted - will have to swim large sections of the underground maze and squeeze through tiny gaps, some no bigger than 30cm.

"Everyone who is not involved with the operations has to get out of the area immediately", police announced via loudspeaker at the site on Sunday morning. They expect the first rescue to be completed by 9 p.m. Sunday.

"We have a fraction of a second to help them come out", the governor said.

Narongsak said that rescuers have assessed the boys' condition and also briefed their families, who are supportive of the rescue plan.

The letters from the boys penned by the Thai Navy SEAL who is staying with the boys in the cave.

A source said the football team will be divided into four groups. The Thai navy confirmed to the Guardian that the first two boys were freed late on Sunday afternoon and then airlifted to Chiang Rai city, which is about 50 miles from the cave. The operation was put on hold until Monday morning after oxygen levels in the cave dropped.

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