AS IT HAPPENED: 8 rescued, 5 remain trapped inside Thai cave, as rescue operations suspended for the day

2018-07-09 08:04

A total of eight boys have been rescued and are receiving medical attention while the remaining four boys and their coach remain trapped in the Tham Laung cave complex, as the second day of rescue operations draw to a close.


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A tiny submarine is on its way to Thailand, sent by Tesla CEO Elon Musk to help rescue the remaining members of a youth soccer team who are trapped in a cave.

On Sunday night, Must tweeted that the submarine would arrive about 11 p.m. on Monday local time. That time, however, was later than the ongoing rescue mission was expected to last.

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Operations to remove boys and their coach from the cave in northern Thailand have completed for the day, according to an eyewitness who is part of the rescue operations stationed at the entrance of the cave.

Four boys and their coach remain in the cave.

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CNN reports that an eighth boy has emerged alive from the Tham Laung cave and is seeking medical attention outside the cave.

09 Jul 14:04
The boys rescued on Monday were being sent to a medical facility on site, an eyewitness who is part of the rescue operations reportedly told CNN.

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Crucially, round-the-clock pumping to ease some of the flooding had paid off.

"The water level is still at a satisfactory level and we have enough teams to complete the mission," Narongsak said on Monday.

09 Jul 13:39
A sixth and seventh boy has emerged from the Tham Laung cave, CNN reports.

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Reports have emerged of a sixth boy being rescued. This is still to be confirmed.

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It has been reported that the fifth boy was airlifted from the cave to Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital in Chiang Rai.

09 Jul 12:33
There are hidden threats that could potentially harm the boys already rescued. 

09 Jul 12:32
CNN reports that the boys rescued will be kept in a sterilised and isolated section in the hospital for 5-7 days. 

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CNN is reporting that a fifth boy has been seen being rescued from the cave. It cited a member of the rescue team who said a boy was seen on a stretcher at 4.27pm local time emerging from the entrance. This has not been independently verified.

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THAM LUANG, Thailand (Reuters) - Rescue workers in Thailand were seen carrying a person on a stretcher away from a cave complex and into a waiting ambulance on Monday, a Reuters witness said.

A mission to rescue a group of boys and their soccer coach trapped in the flooded cave since June 23 resumed hours earlier.The first four boys, from the group of 13, including the coach, were rescued on Sunday.

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Narongsak Osottanakorn defended the lack of public disclosure of the names of the boys who had already been guided to safety, saying it "will create ill feeling" if their names are released while others languish inside the cave.

He also urged the media to behave respectfully. More than 1 000 journalists from across the world have descended on northern Thailand to report the story.

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Special sterilised suits to be worn when relatives are seeing boys in hospital.

More beds inside hospital will be prepared in coming hours. 

09 Jul 10:57

Rescue chief expects 'good news in a few hours' from Thai cave mission

The chief of an international mission to rescue nine members of a Thai football team still stuck inside a flooded cave on Monday said he was expecting "good news" shortly".

All the equipment is ready. Oxygen bottles are ready... in next few hours we will have good news," Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters, after announcing the second phase of the rescue bid had begun.

09 Jul 10:55

Four rescued from Thai cave 'kept away' from parents over infection risk: official

Four members of a Thai youth football team guided out of a flooded cave complex will not be allowed physical contact with their parents until the risk of infection has gone, the chief of the rescue bid said on Monday.

"They (the four) will be kept away from their parents for a while because we are concerned about infections," Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters, adding doctors will decide on family visits "at a distance or through glass".

09 Jul 10:53

The second phase of an operation to evacuate the remaining nine members of a Thai football trapped deep in a flooded cave is underway, the chief of the rescue bid told reporters Monday.

"At 11 am sent (in) the second operation," Narongsak Osottanakorn said, adding he hopes it will be "quicker" than Sunday's operation which brought out four of the team.

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Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osottanakorne is hopeful that everyone will be out within the next 2-3 days if weather conditions remain consistent. Does not want to confirm how many boys they're trying to rescue today, but says there is more crew involved in second operation. 

09 Jul 10:17
“The perfect ones (boys), the most ready ones” will come out first, Rescue operation chief Narongsak Osottanakorn says.

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A police spokesperson has expressed unhappiness regarding some Thai journalists listening to police radio: "As for listening to (police) radio, this is really wrong. This is our last requests. We do it for lives of the kids."

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Media briefing expected to take place soon.

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