Sports

Thailand cave rescue: First boys rescued from trapped soccer team

Thailand cave rescue: First boys rescued from trapped soccer team

"Today is D-Day. We are 100% ready", he said.

The rescue teams now needed at least 10 hours to prepare for their next operation, involving about 90 divers in total, 50 of them from foreign countries, he said.

A Thai navy SEAL commander told reporters he believed there was "a limited amount of time" left to rescue the team, who wandered into the caves on June 23 after soccer practice.

"During the peak of the rainy season, we are anxious that the area where the boys are can be inundated or can be left at just 10 sq m".

One Thai navy SEAL died just over two days ago while involved in rescue efforts.

Players from teams including England and Sweden have recorded good luck video messages for the trapped boys, and Federation Internationale de Football Association has invited the 13 to the World Cup final should they be rescued in time and are healthy enough to travel.

Reuters reports that the army Major General in charge of the medical side of the operation has 13 teams standing by for health assessments as the 12 boys and their coach emerge, to check for hypothermia and a potentially fatal lung infection called "cave disease" caused by bat faeces.

Expert divers from Thailand, the United Kingdom and 16 other countries are now proceeding through the waterlogged passageways of the labyrinthine network to evacuate the remaining ten members of the Wild Boar soccer team and their coach in an operation dubbed "D-Day" by Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osottanakorn, the head of the rescue mission. Because the journey through the cave is so treacherous, it is expected to take 11 hours to bring each boy to safety, CBS News reported. The rising water filled large stretches of the cave, cutting off the team's escape route and keeping rescuers from finding the team for 10 days, CBS News noted.

Trapped for two weeks: A massive rescue operation was launched after the boys, ages 11-16, and their coach went missing on June 23.

The British Cave Rescue Council said earlier this week they were sending five "key cave rescuers" to Thailand, some of whom were divers. When they come out they want to eat many things. Rescuers were considering three far-from-perfect options of either giving the boys a crash course in cave diving; widening existing holes in the cave's ceiling and pulling them out from above; or resupplying them with food and other essentials for as long as it would take for waters to recede.

More news: Belgium beat Brazil 2-1, will play France in World Cup semifinal

The rescue began 10am local time, shortly after officials cleared the area surrounding the cave in readiness for the rescue operation.

The round trip for experienced divers takes 12 hours.

Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand's elite navy SEAL unit will attempt to bring the boys - some of whom are as young as 11 and not strong swimmers - through narrow, submerged passageways that claimed the life of a former Thai navy diver earlier this week.

"Today the water level in chambers number One, Two and Three inside the cave is low enough to walk through them", said Osotthanakorn. Gen. Chalongchai Chaiyakam said.

'Today is the best day for them to come out, ' he said. "Everyone is a professional so we're trying to put it away and avoid it happening again", he said, adding: "Everybody is focusing on getting these boys out - keeping them alive or getting them out".

Authorities overseeing the rescue in Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand said the "first batch" of boys could be out around 9pm local time (12am AEST).

The identity of the first boys is unknown, as if whether any more are following soon.

One of the boys, identified as Tun, wrote: "Mom and Dad, please don't worry, I am fine".

News says two members of the youth soccer team trapped for two weeks in a Thailand cave have been rescued by divers.

His visit with relatives and rescue officials last week was criticised by some Thais as opportunistic as his government faced pro-democracy protests in the capital Bangkok in recent months.


  • United States  job growth strong; unemployment rate rises to 4.0 percent

    United States job growth strong; unemployment rate rises to 4.0 percent

    The job growth shows the labour market shrugging off worries about a slowdown triggered by trade fights or rising borrowing costs. With 93 straight months of job growth - a historical record - many employers have said they're feeling pressure to raise wages.
    UFC 226: Daniel Cormier ends Stipe Miocic's reign with a knockout

    UFC 226: Daniel Cormier ends Stipe Miocic's reign with a knockout

    Should he hope to fight again in the UFC, Lesnar would have to re-enter the UFC Testing Pool under the administration of the U.S. Lesnar came out of a almost five-year retirement to face Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in Las Vegas.
    UFC 226: Heavy Hitters Vie for Crown

    UFC 226: Heavy Hitters Vie for Crown

    Once again, Holloway is unable to battle and this makes three consecutive matches where Holloway has turned up lame. This Saturday night, the UFC will return to Sin City where an action-packed card is ready to rock your world.
  • England sink Sweden to clinch World Cup semi-final berth

    England sink Sweden to clinch World Cup semi-final berth

    The Americans seem to be going off the boil with their World Cup fever, with England and Croatia demoted to the sidebar. In a spectacular match, England defeated Sweden 2-0 to reach the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Saturday.
    Rhino poachers 'eaten alive' by lions — TORN APART

    Rhino poachers 'eaten alive' by lions — TORN APART

    The rifle has also been sent to a ballistics laboratory "to establish if it has been used in any other poaching or crimes". They found a rifle - fitted with a silencer - a large axe, and wire cutters - the tell-tale kit of rhino poachers .
    Apple Music overtakes Spotify in subscriber numbers in the US

    Apple Music overtakes Spotify in subscriber numbers in the US

    Apple Music now has more than 45 million subscribers worldwide, with an additional 5-10 million free trial users. Apple de-throned Spotify even though both platforms have a little over 20 million subscribers.
  • Trump hits new low by mocking #MeToo movement

    He taunted her by suggesting that she take an DNA test-"those little kits they sell on television for $2". The job itself is demanding already, so I don't feel the need to find something else to do at the moment.
    Dallas police: Woman shoots man trying to take SUV with kids

    Dallas police: Woman shoots man trying to take SUV with kids

    A Dallas mother leaped into action as a man tried to drive away in her SUV with her two young children. She then opened her glove box, pulled out a gun, and shot Wright in the head, according to police.
    Thai boys write 'don't worry' to parents as rescue operations continue

    Thai boys write 'don't worry' to parents as rescue operations continue

    According to Osottanakorn, current conditions of water, air and the children's health are still " most suitable " for evacuation. The strategically placed canisters allow divers to stay underwater longer during the five-hour trip to reach the stranded team.
  • Poisoning in Amesbury: health police all right

    Poisoning in Amesbury: health police all right

    He went on: "The hostel (where Ms Sturgess lived) now becomes a crime scene and they will treat that with the utmost respect". The episode in Salisbury - the first use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War - sparked worldwide outrage.
    Merkel says would back cutting European Union  tariffs on US  vehicle  imports

    Merkel says would back cutting European Union tariffs on US vehicle imports

    Orban responded that Hungary's position hasn't changed since it closed its borders to migrants during the influx of 2015. Mr Sehofer said he would hold talks with Italy and Greece about sending back migrants who had been registered there.
    Watch Grayson Allen, Trae Young Get Into Scuffle During Summer League Game

    Watch Grayson Allen, Trae Young Get Into Scuffle During Summer League Game

    Wade Baldwin was ejected from a summer league game on Saturday after an incident involving Grayson Allen . Baldwin played in just seven games with the Blazers last season while also spending time in the G-League.