Thailand cave rescue operation: All the latest updates

Monday 9th July 2018 09:56:41 in English News by Tafatiraha Guud
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Eight members of a youth football team and their coach remain in a cave in northernThailandas rescuers enter the second day of an operation to extract them.

Four out of 12 boys were pulled out on Sunday and transferred to a hospital in Chiang Rai, about 60km away from the cave complex, to receive treatment.

Here are all the latest updates:

Thai cave rescue operation: the story so far

  • As we wait for updates on today's resumption of the rescue operation, here's an overview of what happened on Sunday.


Rescued boys strong and safe: interior minister

  • The boys rescued from the cave on Sunday are strong and safe but need more medical checks, Thailand's interior minister said on Monday morning.

  • Anupong Paojinda said the same divers who participated in Sunday's rescue would carry out the next part of the operation, AP news agency reported.

  • He said officials were meeting Monday morning about the next stage of the mission and that divers need to place more air canister along the route, which can take several hours.

A security officer walks out of the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital where those who were rescued from the flooded cave are being treated [Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters]

For parents, agonising wait continues

  • The four who were rescued on Sunday have not been named yet, with even the parents reportedly not being informed.

  • "I am still waiting here at the cave, keeping my fingers crossed to see whether my son will be one of those to come out today," Akkarat Wongsukjan, the mother of one of the boys, told AFP news agency on Monday morning.

  • "We heard four boys are out but we do not know who they are. Many parents are still here waiting. None of us has been informed of anything."

Schoolmates pray next to a banner showing the team who were trapped at Mae Sai Prasitsart school on Monday morning [Tyrone Siu/Reuters]


Classmates react after a teacher announces that some of the boys have been rescued at Mae Sai Prasitsart school [Tyrone Siu/Reuters]

Rains ahead of second day of rescue operation

  • Rescuers are poised to resume their operation to extract the remaining nine members of the Wild Boars football team out of the Tham Luang cave complex on Monday.

  • There has been rain overnight, which could complicate the operation if water levels inside the cave have risen.

  • Rescuers have been working to replenish air supplies inside the cave.

  • On Twitter, people have shared cartoons expressing their hope for the nine remaining in the cave.


Utterly gripped w/ my heart in my throat. Governor says the 4 boys dived 1km through the cruelly difficult caves to freedom. The entire world rooting for them and those amazing divers at the . What a story. Happy ending so close.


11-hour round trip

  • It takes approximately 11 hours to get to and from the chamber, where the remaining eight boys are trapped along with their coach.

  • The path, which was used to rescue four boys on Sunday, is a difficult one to navigate. To exit the cave, the remaining boys, who are likely malnutritioned, are expected to dive a narrow passage, which is 0.6m deep.

Day 'we have all been waiting for'

  • Sunday was the day "we have all been waiting for",Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said at a press conference on Sundayafter four boys were saved during the first phase of a rescue operation.

  • "I would like to inform everyone at home and all those who have been giving us support all along, that after 16 days, today is the day we have been waiting for," he said.

  • "We are seeing the Wild Boars football team in the flesh now."

Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn talks to journalist near Tham Luang cave complex [Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters]

Everyone 'amazingly happy'

  • While initial reactions in Chiang Rai have been positive in response to the first phase of the rescue operation, with most people "amazingly happy" about the four boys rescued so far, Al Jazeera's Scott Heidler said families were still concerned.

  • "We've been speaking to families up in that cave site … they want to know if that's their son," he said, referencing the rescued boys.

  • The youth football team and their coach have been surviving on "chips and water", Heidler said, according to a woman who sold them snacks before they headed to thecave complex.

  • Heidler noted the team had previously visited the site multiple times as part of their team building exercises.The flooding of the cave has been attributed to monsoon rains.

A family member walks outside the Tham Luang cave complex after Thailand's government instructed members of the media to move out urgently [Tyrone Siu/Reuters]

Four boys 'transported to hospital'

  • The four boys have been transported to a hospital in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, about 60km away, witnessestold Reuters news agency.

  • Some 90 divers are involved in the rescue operation - 50 are foreign and 40 are Thai,the head of the rescue operation said.


The four boys were on stretchers when they emerged from the cave. They’re now in hospital, some via chopper, some via road ambulance. Rescue mission to resume after masks/gear checked over and tanks replenished


Governor: Next operation to start in 10-20 hours

  • Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said Sunday's rescue mission has come to an end and the next one is to begin 10-20 hours later, depending on weather conditions.

  • Only four boys have come out of the flooded cave on Sunday, Al Jazeera's Scott Heidler reported, following earlier confusion where reports of another two had been recovered, emerged. That was inaccurate, Heidler clarified.

  • Heidler noted it appeared as though the four boys had been rescued in pairs, as each two were escorted out of theTham Luang cave complexonly minutes apart.

Relatives and friends pray for the boys and their soccer coach tapped inside a flooded cave, at Mesai Grace Church in the northern province of Chiang Rai [Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters]

Boys will require immediate support:Psychiatry expert

  • Doctor Andrea Danese, a Psychiatry lecturer at King's College in London, told Al Jazeera that he expects most of the children to present emotional symptoms.

  • "Several of them may be agitated, they may be irritable. They may be also acting out in terms of trying to deal with their emotions," he said.

  • According toDanese, 10-20 percent of the children may develop long-term mental health issues,such as "depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder … and in the older ones particularly perhaps substance abuse".

  • He also said that physical health issues may also occur due to malnutrition and high levels of stress.

Thai Navy SEALs say four boys exit cave

  • In a Facebook post, the Thai Navy SEALs have said four members of the youth football team had exited the cave as of 7:47pm (12:47 GMT)

Six boys have exited cave: official through Reuters

  • A senior member of the rescue medical team has told the Reuters news agency that six boys have now exited the cave.

  • Twelve members of a youth football team, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach have been stuck inside the Tham Luang cave for more than two weeks.

A military helicopter believed to be carrying rescued schoolboys takes off near Tham Luang cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai [Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters]

Four boys reach rescue camp: official to AFP

  • An official has told AFP news agency four boys from the Wild Boars football team have reached the rescue camp inside the Tham Luang cave complex.

  • The rescue base camp has been set up in chamber three, situated about two kilometres into the cave.

  • A BBC reporter on the scene has seen a total of four ambulances heading towards the cave.

Three boys out: Al Jazeera's Scott Heidler

  • Three boys have made their way out of the cave according to a military source, Al Jazeera's Scott Heidler has reported.

  • Thailand's interior minister is reportedly on the way to the field hospital, where the three boys are being assessed, Heidler said.

  • Two ambulances were seen leaving Tham Luang and one helicopter was heard taking off. Helicopters have been waiting to take the members of the football team to Chiang Rai's state capital where the boys and their coach will be treated in hospital.
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UPDATE at 7pm: Two ambulances have left Tham Luang and are on their way to the helicopters in a field at Ban Chong School.

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First two members of team recovered: local official through Reuters

  • The first two members of the football team have been recovered from the Tham Luang cave complex, a local official has told Reuters news agency.

  • "Two kids are out. They are currently at the field hospital near the cave," Tossathep Boonthong, chief of Chiang Rai's health department and part of the rescue team, said.

  • "We are giving them a physical examination. They have not been moved to Chiang Rai hospital yet."

  • The report has not been confirmed by authorities.

Inside the Tham Luang cave complex

  • Here's a more detailed look inside the Tham Luang cave complex, where the football team and their coach became trapped on June 23.

Governor: 'Unknown' when first boys will emerge

  • It is "unknown how long it will take before [rescuers] can bring out the first batch of boys," Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn has said.

  • In a press release containing an update on the rescue mission, which has now been under way for more than eight hours, Osottanakorn said "divers will work with medics in the cave to assess the boys' health before determining who will come out first".

  • "They cannot decide how many of them will be able to come out for the first operation. Based on the complexity and difficulty of the cave environment it is unknown how long it might take and how many children would exit the cave," the statement said.