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Eleventh boy rescued from flooded Thai cave

10 July 2018 10:33
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Eleventh boy rescued from flooded Thai cave

The remaining boys and their coach will be removed today.

RESCUERS HAVE REMOVED the eleventh boy from a Thai cave, navy sources say.

Earlier, a navy official told AFP that the tenth is at the cave entrance on the way to the field hospital. A local government official confirmed the rescue while a police source, who also did not want to be named, said “the ninth and tenth were about 20 minutes apart.”

The remaining boys and their 25-year-old football coach “will be extracted today”, rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn said.

A doctor and three Thai Navy SEALs, who have stayed with the group since shortly after they were discovered huddled on a muddy ledge deep inside the Tham Luang cave complex, will also come out, Narongsak added.

Before today, eight boys aged between 12 and 16 have been led out of the cave system by a team of expert divers over two days.

Yesterday’s rescue mission, which saw four boys extracted before dusk and whisked to Chiang Rai hospital, took around nine hours.

“Today we hope to be faster,” Narongsak added, of the complex and dangerous operation that involves diving through narrow, flooded chambers.

A health official earlier described the mental and physical condition of the eight rescued before today as “good”, adding they will be kept in hospital for around a week.


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