Parents yet to be reunited with rescued Thai schoolboys

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July 09, 2018 18:56:15

Divers have restarted their mission to rescue the eight members of a boys’ soccer team and their coach who remain trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand.

The second day of the underground rescue attempt began at 11:00am local time (2:00pm AEST).

Four boys were successfully rescued from the Tham Laung cave area on Sunday in a delicate and lengthy operation.

The rescued boys are likely to stay in Chiang Rai hospital for 48 hours undergoing medical tests to check their health after they swam through dirty floodwaters to exit the cave.

Parents say they haven’t been told which boys were taken out of the cave, and have not been allowed to visit them in hospital.

It is understood the same divers who rescued the first four boys have been given the job of getting the remaining team members out.

Each rescue operation takes around 10 hours.

Air tanks were planted along the route earlier on Monday.

Ambulances and helicopters are on standby to aid the remaining boys and their coach, who have been trapped underground for more than two weeks.

Sunday’s rescue mission was described as a success by Thai officials.

“The operation went much better than expected,” mission head Narongsak Osottanakorn said on Sunday.

“I would like to inform the public at home and those who have been giving us support all along, after 16 days, today’s the day we’ve been waiting for, we are seeing the Wild Boars in the flesh now.”

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floods,

disasters-and-accidents,

human-interest,

thailand

First posted

July 09, 2018 18:06:55