Four more boys rescued from cave in Thailand

Following the rescue of four boys from the cave in northern Thailand on Sunday, another four boys have been rescued on Monday (overnight NZ time), with an attempt to rescue the remaining four boys and their coach on Tuesday.

Stuff: Four more Thai football team members freed in second cave rescue operation

Four more members of the Thai “Wild Boar” football team have been saved from the Tham Luang cave complex after another extraordinary day’s rescue effort in north-western Thailand.

The boys, guided to freedom by a diving team of 18 people that included both Thai navy SEALs and a specialist international dive team, emerged over three hours from about 4.30pm local time (9.30pm NZ Time).

The boys were transferred by ambulance, one-by-one, to a field hospital near the cave for an immediate medical assessment before being taken to the Chiang Rai hospital by a combination of helicopters and ambulances.

That means just five people remain in the cave and opens up the prospect of that quintet being evacuated as soon as Tuesday and this incredible effort drawing to a close.

The second dramatic rescue operation began on Monday at 11am local time (4pm NZT), 16 days after the team first went missing 3.2 kilometres deep inside the cave complex, while anxious relatives endured another agonising day.

Forecast monsoon rains have not yet eventuated, taking a bit of time pressure off the rescue.

So this is more good news.

13 Comments

  1. Zedd

     /  July 10, 2018

    good to hear.. when they are all out, then we can all take a collective ‘sigh of relief’ ?

  2. sorethumb

     /  July 10, 2018

    Feel sorry for the poor ex seal.

    • And his family. What courage and selflessness he and the others have shown.

      • Patricia

         /  July 10, 2018

        This chap on twitter has some short videos of locals who are playing their part: https://twitter.com/m_madi

        • I saw some on the computer news last night, but not those.Thank you.

          It must be a great morale booster to the people whose dirty, sweat-soaked clothes come back clean and fresh (and neatly folded). The heat and humidity would be bad enough without being in the same clothes for days.

          All of those locals are showing great loving-kindness. Cooking, offering free transport, washing, just quietly going about these things and doing their part in the rescue.

    • Patricia

       /  July 10, 2018

      Was trying to put a photo up of Saman Gunan, the Thai naval seal who died.

      • We saw him on the news.

        What a hero. Imagine taking that risk for strangers !

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  July 10, 2018

        Probably work better without the :large on the end of the link:

  3. I have just looked at a tape measure to see what a 38cm gap looks like. It’s not as bad as I thought, but it’s bad enough, especially when it’s curved, as this seems to be.

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  July 10, 2018

    11 out now. Just two to come, including the coach.