Rescue Operation To Save The Thai Football Team Is Underway

Jacob Goldberg 
the relatives’ room at the camp is empty

Jacob Goldberg the relatives’ room at the camp is empty

"We heard four boys are out but we do not know who they are".

A total of eight boys have now been rescued.

Four of the boys were safely rescued on Sunday after rescuers carried out a risky operation, amid fears the waters will rise again to a unsafe level.

Dr Andrea Dese, head of the stress and development lab at Kings College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, said: "In the longer term, most children will recover from the initial emotional symptoms".

Rescuers have suggested that it may take up to two days for the rescue to be completed, with each boy being brought out individually.

Just a few kilometres from the lush forest that covers the mountainside of the Tham Luang cave, four boys dressed in their white school uniforms shoot hoops on an outdoor basketball court in Mae Sai. The dive to rescue the boys in the Tham Luang Cave area is risky and requires divers to hold them close and dress them in scuba gear, Reuters reported.

On finally emerging blinking into the daylight, the boys were hugged by their British rescuers before being taken to hospital.

There were several concerns that prompted authorities to move forward with the plan to dive the boys out.

"All conditions are still as good as they were yesterday, " Narongsak told a news conference.

"I confirm that we are at war with water and time from the first day up to today", he said Saturday.

Officials said late Sunday they'd need to pause the operation for at least 10 hours to fill oxygen tanks that had been depleted during the first phase of the rescue mission.

"Our job is not completely done". We ask to pray that this operation is a success. "The rest of the kids are in the same spot".

"When everything was taken into account, including a forecast of possible rain, the water level and the physical health of those involved, the operation was advanced 4-5 hours".

Alluding to that worry, the regional army commander offered his thanks Monday to the rain god Phra Pirun, imploring him to "keep showing us mercy". That's how deadly the rescue mission is! . It takes the divers about eight hours to get into the cave, reach the boys, and bring them back out.

Divers have gone in for the second rescue attempt, Thai officials said.

The risky underwater rescues - considered a last resort - involve two divers accompanying each of the boys, none of whom had experience diving before they were found on July 2.

The rescued boys were being treated by medics at the field hospital, and were later airlifted to a larger nearby hospital.

Dr Richard Harris, an anaesthetist from Adelaide, went into the cave at the specific request of Thai authorities.

Also a doctor who works with South Australia's MedStar emergency response group, 53-year-old Harris has 30 years of cave diving experience.

The team became trapped on June 23 when it set out to explore the cave after soccer practice and rains flooded the tunnels, trapping them inside.

Narongsak said rescuers had to tighten a guide rope as part of their preparations for the second phase of the rescue on Monday.

Rescue efforts resumed Monday morning at the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex.

Thirteen medical teams were stationed outside the cave - each with its own helicopter and ambulance - one for each of 12 boys and their coach. They are then taken to hospital in Chiang Rai.

"The teams here are happy the boys are being rescued but also anxious about the severity of the boys' conditions".

Before announcing that the rescue was underway, authorities ordered the throngs of media that have gathered at the cave from around the world to leave.

The area outside the hospital was cordoned off with police patrolling the area.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was scheduled to visit the site later Monday, after first traveling south to Phuket, where a boat capsizing resulted in 42 deaths, mostly tourists from China.

Among the ideas were drilling an escape route through the mountain, or leaving them for months until the monsoon season ended and the flooding subsided.

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