Ambulance Leaves Thai Cave on 2nd Day of Rescue Operation

  • Ambulance Leaves Thai Cave on 2nd Day of Rescue Operation

Ambulance Leaves Thai Cave on 2nd Day of Rescue Operation

An eleventh person was rescued on Tuesday from a flooded Thai cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped for more than two weeks, raising hopes all 13 would be out by the end of the day.

Rescue workers and divers are using the break to rest and prepare for the next phase of the grueling operation, which Osotthanakorn said involves some of the hardest diving in the world.

Musk also said that a second sub, which is apparently 30cm shorter than the first one designed, was nearly complete, meaning that more than one device would be available for the rescues.

Reuters reported witnessing three people coming out of the Tham Luang cave on stretchers.

The final part of the operation to rescue a boys' football team from a cave in Thailand has begun. This seems less likely now given the need for the boys to undergo further tests.

Four of the boys were safely rescued on Sunday after rescuers carried out a risky operation, amid fears the waters will rise again to a unsafe level.

Rescue personnel wait by helicopters on waterlogged grounds near the caves on July 10, the third day of rescues.

Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osottanakorn said Saturday that mild weather and falling water levels in recent days had created the "perfect" conditions for an underwater evacuation.

"We have not been told which child has been brought out. We will check later today whether their eyes have adjusted to light", said Dr Jesada. Monday's rescue effort took about nine hours, two fewer than the day before, in a sign of growing confidence and expertise.

As of 2:40 p.m. local time, the rescue has been underway for over 4 hours and nobody has been seen yet leaving the cave, although live video from the site showed increased activity and military presence in preparation for the last leg of the rescue. Medical experts say they are in high spirits and generally healthy.

Four boys were rescued on Monday, joining the first four boys who were extracted Sunday evening in the hospital.

To date, each rescued boy has been escorted through the labyrinthine cave by two divers, each of them holding an oxygen tank that feeds to the survivor's mask.

Thai authorities said the first four rescued Sunday were in "good health" but have been kept in quarantine until the risk of infection subsides.

Family members have seen at least some of the boys from behind a glass isolation barrier, and Jedsada said doctors may let the boys walk around their beds Tuesday.

"Everyone is in a good mental state", he told reporters in the clearest update yet on the health of the boys.

Two boys have minor lung infections and one had a fever, doctors have said.

Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong, Inspector General of the Public Health Ministry, said the first four boys taken out on Sunday were eating normal and plain food.

"They're asking for chocolate".