Four boys rescued from Thai cave

The cave rescue has begun successfully in Thailand with four boys rescued, but the rescue is on hold as preparations are made for the next stage of the operation.

From Fox News – 2.5 miles is about 4 km

RNZ: Thai cave rescue paused, four boys rescued

Four of the 12 boys trapped inside a cave in northern Thailand have been brought out, and the operation is on hold while rescuers prepare for the next stage. Look back at our live blog to see how it all unfolded.

  • The boys and their coach were exploring the cave on 23 June when they were cut off by water
  • Teams entered the cave at 10am local time (3pm NZ time)
  • Thirteen foreign divers and five from the Thai navy are involved in the rescue
  • Eight boys and their coach are still to be rescued
  • The operation has now been suspended for 10 hours (from about 2am NZ Time) so rescuers can prepare for the next stage of the mission.

RNZ: Four boys freed but rest must wait

Four boys have been brought above ground, rescuers say.

Rescuers decided to go ahead with the hazardous operation on Sunday because of fears of rising waters.

The next phase would begin on Monday morning (local time), after relaying “all of the air tanks and all systems along the way”, Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said.

The rescued boys, who were escorted out by 13 foreign divers and five members of Thailand’s elite navy SEAL unit, are in good health.

Divers have been guiding the boys through darkness and submerged passageways towards the mouth of the Tham Luang cave system, where they have reportedly been able to walk the last part on foot.

Rescuers took advantage of a break in the rain to launch the mission much earlier than originally expected.

The first phase has also been conducted much faster than officials had predicted.

The group and their families had all given their agreement that they should be moved as soon as possible, said Mr Narongsak earlier.

The process includes a mixture of walking, wading, climbing and diving – all in complete darkness – along guide ropes already in place.

Wearing full-face masks, which are easier for novice divers than traditional respirators, each boy is being accompanied by two divers, who also carry their air supply.

The toughest section is about halfway out – at a section called “T-Junction”, which is so tight the divers have to take off their air tanks to get through.

Beyond that a cavern – called Chamber 3 – has been turned into a forward base for the divers. There they can rest before making the last, easier walk out to the entrance. They are then taken to hospital in Chiang Rai town.

So good news, so far.


  1. sorethumb

     /  July 9, 2018

    It is hard to watch.

  2. Corky

     /  July 9, 2018

    Apparently the coach is an ex Buddhist monk. He has trained the kids in metaphysical techniques and meditation to keep them calm. I see a book and talk circuit contract if he gets the right promoter. He will be a hit with the New Age sector who would love hints on how to survive in an office environment.

    ps- all this presupposes Coach isn’t carted off to jail as a sacrificial lamb to restore national pride.

    • Blazer

       /  July 9, 2018

      if all the boys make it ,it will because Buddha has answered their…prayers.

      • Corky

         /  July 9, 2018

        In a way, yes. There have been powerful rites built up around the image of Buddha over the centuries. Not that you will find those in Coaches book., thank Buddha. The thought of middlcass twats zappping each other in the office with ancient rites would be sacrilege.

  3. Zedd

     /  July 9, 2018

    good news.. 4 out 8+1 teacher to go. :/

    • Gezza

       /  July 9, 2018

      Yes fingers crossed, I can imagine the worry of loved ones & all involved for those still remaining. Aljaz tv reported this morning that attempts are still being made to drill down to the cave, & work is continuing to widen parts of the current escape route.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  July 9, 2018

        I can only try to imagine what it’s like and what the parents felt like when the four emerged, Trust one to want KFC for his first meal. My brother probably would have, too.

        I bet that the parents are quivering jellies. I would be. It was unbearable even for strangers to wait for the news that they’d been found either alive or dead, but FOUND and then think that they might be trapped there anyway.

  4. Patricia

     /  July 9, 2018

    Rescue Day 2 is set to begin “CHIANG RAI — Ambulances have been moved and preparations made Monday to rescue the second batch of boys from the flooded Luang Khun Nam Nang Non cave.”

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  July 9, 2018

      3 News gave the reasons for the rescue not being done all at once.

      It made sense to take the smallest and weakest first, but what a decision to make. You, you, you and you….

      • Bugger off, PDTs, we are all pleased that at least four are safe, even if you are not.

        You must be in a very tiny minority if you don’t think that this is good news. Why not show yourselves and say why the mean-spirited downticking of people being glad that these young people are safe is greeted with down ticks ?

  5. wooden goat

     /  July 9, 2018

    *Great* to hear that they’ve got four out ok so far!

    It must be *very* scary for the boys when they have to dive along the guide-rope in pitch-darkness. At least the good news is that these four have shown that it can be done. Crossed fingers that the rest get out ok too.

    • More have ! I have just seen it.

      • No. The Herald’s ‘breaking news’ was out of date, they were talking about the original four.

        How bloody stupid and irresponsible. Sorry about that.

  6. Patricia

     /  July 9, 2018

    Fifth boy out – might have been on a stretcher. Four more boys in chamber three so will be being assessed and should be out soon.

    • Patricia

       /  July 9, 2018

      Three boys in chamber three, not four. Sixth boy reportedly near mouth of cave.

  7. Patricia

     /  July 9, 2018

    A sixth boy is now out.

    • Patricia

       /  July 10, 2018

      All eight boys have now been rescued. It looks as though the other four boys and coach won’t be rescued until tomorrow.