Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Three more British cave divers flying in to join the rescue mission

Three more British cave divers flying in to join the rescue mission

Local reports say some of the boys have been evacuated from the cave. Eighteen divers set off at 10 a.m. local time on a unsafe mission to rescue the junior soccer team, who had been stuck deep inside Tham Luang cave for 16 days.

The rescue teams now needed at least 10 hours to prepare for their next operation, involving about 90 divers in total, 50 of them from foreign countries, he said.

Army General Chalonhchai Chaiyakam said the efforts to rescue all 12 boys and their coach could last two to four days, depending on water levels and weather conditions.

The latest images out of Chiang Rai show heavy clouds hanging low around the mountains where crews are racing to rescue the remaining members of the soccer team and their coach.

The death of a former Thai Navy SEAL diver who ran out of oxygen in the cave last week underscored the danger of the journey even for adept professionals.

Narongsak said each boy was outfitted in a full scuba face mask and was escorted by two seasoned divers. The team has been trapped in the cave for two weeks.

"Today is D-Day", Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue mission, had earlier told reporters.

Hours after four boys were confirmed to have been rescued from the cave, Musk tweeted a video of a small submarine-like vessel being tested in a swimming pool. On Saturday, a doctor examined the boys and said they were in good health.

The Wild Boars and their coach became trapped on June 23 when they set out to explore the vast cave complex after soccer practice, when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.

The rest of the rescues were put on hold Sunday night while air tanks and other systems are refilled.

With oxygen levels dropping to 30 percent and approaching monsoon rains, authorities chose to rescue the boys, Chiang Rai Province Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said at a press conference. It was unclear who was inside the ambulance or the helicopter.

Flooding cut off their escape but they were found by British cave diving specialists nine days later, dishevelled and hungry, on a ledge several miles inside the cave.

The rescue process started at 10am and involved 13 worldwide divers and five Thai navy seals, who were described by Governor Narongsak as "an all-star team", reports the Daily Mail.

The other, and perhaps more worrying, was that oxygen levels in the complex were falling close to unsafe levels.

Rescuers had expected the first boys to come out around 9pm - but the first emerged at 5:40pm.

Four boys were recently brought out of the cave and transported to a hospital.

Rescue divers found the 12 teenage soccer players and their coach alive on July 3 after they went missing in a Thai cave 10 days earlier.

"Football's Coming Home. First Wild Boars Out", a headline on one online Thai paper said on Monday, referring to a song chanted by English soccer fans at the World Cup now underway in Russian Federation.

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