Update: Four out of twelve boys have been rescued from a cave in Thailand
Four boys have been rescued from Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, but eight others, as well as the coach, are still waiting for their turn.
It has been quite a busy Sunday, July 8, 2018, for the rescue teams involved in the operation that aims to bring the Boars soccer team to safety before the monsoon rains that threaten to hit the Chiang Rai area arrive.
According to Reuters, the four boys, who were considered to be the weakest, have been safely evacuated from the cave and transported by air and land to the nearest hospitals.
Following a report that the area could be flooded by intense rains, the officials in charge of the operation decided that they couldn't wait any longer and started sending divers in to position themselves along several chambers within the cave.
Thailand Cave Rescue: Four boys have been rescued and a second mission will soon begin to extract the remaining 8 boys and their coach who are still trapped in the cave. https://t.co/OelHYd5aIX #ThaiCaveRescue #7News pic.twitter.com/PFcaSfXGDY— 7NEWS Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) July 9, 2018
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LATEST: Rescue operations underway to extract 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave in Thailand. https://t.co/P8DDUOe5o7— ABC News (@ABC) July 8, 2018
- Four boys have been rescued
- Next operation will take place in 10-20 hours
- Regional governor: "Today was very successful, more than expected." pic.twitter.com/SkTdFiLlWn
Aside from the dangerous rains on the horizon, it was revealed that the water levels had dropped by 30 percent, which allowed the divers to have an easier time reaching the stranded group.
Still, even with the water levels at their lowest levels since the beginning of the operation, the rescuers are aware that they are dealing with an extremely dangerous and delicate situation.
UPDATE The first four boys rescued from #ThamLuangcave on Sunday are in good condition, says Thailand's Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda https://t.co/w3XzQq1SAD #ThaiCaveRescue pic.twitter.com/tsfVK7L1hf— The Straits Times (@straits_times) July 9, 2018
The plan is to continue extracting the boys one by one with a pair of divers guiding them through the narrow and submerged passageways that claimed the life of Saman Kunan, a former Thai Navy SEAL, on Friday.
Rest in peace hero— Ecopoint: HQ (@EcopointHQ) July 6, 2018
Former Thai navy Seal diver Saman Kunan dies inside cave from lack of air
Maintaining air supplies has emerged as a top priority as rescuers face the prospect of the boys sitting out the monsoon inside the cave pic.twitter.com/u3DeD2rhq9
The identities of the six rescued boys are yet to be revealed but they are currently being treated by medicals teams as they wait for their companions to join them.
The boys, whose ages range between 11 and 16, set out on an adventure to explore the cave near the border with Burma with their 25-year-old coach on June 23, but little did they know that they would wind up trapped there for more than two weeks.