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2018-07-10 07:32

Thai Navy SEALs say all 12 boys and their coach have been rescued from the cave, ending an ordeal that lasted more than 2 weeks.

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INFOGRAHIC: Thai cave rescue mission - How the 12 boys and their coach were rescued

A former military diver died after running out of oxygen while assisting in the rescue operation, which took a painstaking three days.

It included having to teach some of the boys how to swim. They had to navigate through submerged passageways and also had to climb up steep slopes.


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"We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave," - the Thai Navy Seals Facebook page.

10 Jul 14:13

All 12 boys and football coach rescued from cave: Thai Navy SEALs -(AFP)

All 12 boys and their football coach have been rescued from a Thai cave after an 18-day ordeal, the Thai Navy SEALs said in a Facebook post on Tuesday evening, on the third day of a complex mission to bring them out.

"All 12 'Wild Boars' and coach have been extracted from the cave," the post said."All are safe" it added, signing off with a "Hooyah", a SEALs signature throughout the painstaking mission to get the boys out of the cave.

Four SEAL team divers - including a doctor - who stayed with the group were still to emerge, the Facebook post added.

In a day of high drama, the remaining five boys emerged in groups as evening approached, guided out by international divers and the SEALs, who have played an integral role throughout an unprecedented rescue mission.

The "Wild Boars" - named after their team - entered the Tham Luang cave complex on June 23.


10 Jul 14:09

CNN reports Thai Navy SEALs were still waiting for four divers to come out of the cave complex.

"All 12 wild boars and the coach have left the cave. all safe. Now waiting to receive 4 divers to come out. Hooyah," the SEALs Facebook post read on Tuesday.


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Thai Navy SEALs say all 12 boys and their coach rescued from cave, ending an ordeal that lasted more than 2 weeks - (AFP)

Thai Navy SEALs say all 12 boys and their coach rescued from cave, ending an ordeal that lasted more than 2 weeks.


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Final push – (AFP)

Following a similar pattern as the previous two days, the divers ventured back into the cave at 10:00am (0700 GMT) on Tuesday, Narongsak told reporters.

However, unlike Sunday and Monday when only four were brought out each day due to logistical constraints, rescuers would try to extract all of the remaining five in one operation, Narongsak said.

A doctor and three SEALS who had stayed with the footballers would also come out on Tuesday, he added.

The escape route was a challenge for even experienced divers. The boys had no previous diving experience so the rescuers trained them how to use a mask and breathe underwater via an oxygen tank.

One fear had been that they would panic while trying to swim underwater, even with a diver escorting them.

Although there have been no major reported complications during the initial rescues, the death of a former Thai Navy SEAL diver who ran out of oxygen in a flooded area of the cave on Friday underscored the dangers of the journey.

"I cannot understand how cool these small kids are, you know? Thinking about how they've been kept in a small cave for two weeks, they haven't seen their mums," Ivan Karadzic, who runs a diving business in Thailand and has been involved in the rescue mission, told the BBC.

"Incredibly strong kids. Unbelievable almost."


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11 out of Thai cave, hopes rise all will survive - (AFP)

Three more people were rescued from a flooded Thai cave on Tuesday, officials said, bringing to 11 the number saved and raising hopes all members of the young football team who became trapped 18 days ago would survive.

Two more were still inside the cave but authorities were confident of getting them out by Tuesday evening through a claustrophobic network of tunnels that in some places were completely filled with water.

The hoped-for final chapter in an ordeal that has gripped the world came after elite foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALs escorted eight members of the "Wild Boars" football team out of the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand on Sunday and Monday.

Then on Tuesday afternoon multiple sources involved in the operation said three more had been escorted out. However, it was not clear if the 25-year-old coach was among them or if he remained inside.

The 12 boys, aged from 11 to 16, and their coach, ventured into the cave on June 23 after football practice and got caught deep inside when heavy rains caused flooding that trapped them on a muddy ledge.

They spent nine harrowing days trapped in darkness until two British divers found them.

Authorities then struggled to devise a safe plan to get them out, mulling ideas such as drilling holes into the mountain or waiting months until monsoon rains ended and they could walk out.

With oxygen levels in their chamber falling to dangerous levels and complete flooding of the cave system possible, rescuers pushed ahead with the least-worst option of having divers escort them out through the extremely narrow and water-filled tunnels.

The ups and downs of the rescue bid has entranced Thailand and also fixated a global audience, drawing support from celebrities as varied as US President Donald Trump, football star Lionel Messi and tech guru Elon Musk.

The emergence of the second batch of four boys on Monday evening was greeted with a simple "Hooyah" by the SEAL team on their Facebook page, an exclamation that lit up Thai social media.

Positive medical reports on the rescued group further fuelled the sense of joy and optimism.

"All eight are in good health, no fever... everyone is in a good mental state," Jedsada Chokdamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the public health ministry, said at Chiang Rai hospital where the boys were recuperating on Tuesday morning.

However, the boys will remain in quarantine until doctors were sure they had not contracted any infections from inside the cave.

Experts warned that drinking contaminated water or otherwise being exposed to bird or bat droppings in the cave could lead to dangerous infections.

But the early signs on the initial eight were promising, with X-rays and blood tests showing just two had signs of pneumonia and that they were in a "normal state" after taking antibiotics, Jedsada said.

Some had even asked for "bread and chocolate spread", he added.


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Elon Musk is posting photos and videos of the Thai cave rescue operation — but SpaceX won’t confirm or deny his whereabouts

Elon Musk has been posting on social media about wanting to help rescue efforts in Thailand, but there has been no confirmation that he actually travelled to the Southeast Asian country himself.

SpaceX declined to speak with Business Insider on the record about the submarine effort and Musk's whereabouts.

Musk floated a plan on Twitter on Friday that could help rescue the boys and said engineers from his companies would travel to Thailand on Saturday. He suggested that a tube or series of tubes could be sent through the cave network and inflated to create a tunnel for the soccer team to travel through, without needing scuba gear.


10 Jul 11:57

Diver hails 'incredibly strong' Thai cave boys - (AFP)

A foreign diver involved in the mission to save 12 boys and their football coach from a flooded Thai cave has hailed the children as "incredibly strong", and described their treacherous escape journey as unprecedented.

"They are getting forced to do something that no kid has ever done before. It is not in any way normal for kids to go cave diving at age 11," Ivan Karadzic, who runs a diving business in Thailand, told the BBC in an interview that was published online on Tuesday.

"They are diving in something considered (an) extremely hazardous environment in zero visibility, the only light that is in there is the torch light we bring our self."

The boys, aged from 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach, ventured into the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand on June 23 after football practice and became trapped when heavy rains flooded the cave.

Two British divers found them nine days later huddled on a muddy ledge in pitch darkness more than four kilometres (2.5 miles) inside the cave system.

'Mission Impossible'

Authorities then gathered 90 divers, 50 of them foreigners, to help extract the boys out of a claustrophobic tunnel network that in some places was completely filled with water and so narrow that they could only be squeezed through.

Conditions were so dangerous that a retired Thai Navy SEAL died on Friday while trying to lay out oxygen tanks underwater in a tunnel, and the rescue chief at one point dubbed the operation "Mission Impossible".

Adding to the dangers, most of the boys could not swim, and none had scuba diving experience. However, the divers escorted eight of the boys out on Sunday and Monday, and authorities said they were aiming to extract the remaining members of the group, with two already rescued on Tuesday.

Karadzic, who the BBC reported was stationed near a difficult stretch of the cave about half-way along the escape route to replace oxygen tanks and help guide people through, said the rescue workers had feared the worst.

"We were obviously very afraid of any kind of panic from the divers," he said, adding he was in awe of the boys' ability to stay calm.

"I cannot understand how cool these small kids are, you know? Thinking about how they've been kept in a small cave for two weeks, they haven't seen their mums. Incredibly strong kids. Unbelievable almost."


10 Jul 11:52

Elon Musk's tiny submarine is headed for the Thai caves — but it may not make it in time to help

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."Mini-sub arriving in about 17 hours," he wrote.

"Hopefully useful. If not, perhaps it will be in a future situation."


10 Jul 11:48

Ninth boy rescued from Thai cave: police, navy sources -  (AFP) 

Thai rescuers brought a ninth boy out from the Tham Luang cave on Tuesday afternoon, police and navy sources told AFP, after 18 days trapped underground.

"The ninth boy is out," the police source said, requesting anonymity, while a Thai navy source confirmed the boy "has been transferred from the cave entrance to the field hospital".


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