A group of divers and Thai Navy SEALs rescued the four boys on Sunday in ten minutes less than they had practiced beforehand in what was called a "smooth operation" by Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn. His death underscores the difficulty of training boys who have not learned to swim and have no experience with diving equipment to make a six-hour trip through conditions that challenge very experienced divers.
Additional rescue personnel, including divers from Thailand, the US, Australia, China and Europe, were stationed between the third chamber and the entrance, where the boys would have to use a rope to traverse challenging terrain. "All of the families have been told about today's operation".
Rescuing them all could take two to four days and depended on the weather, an army commander involved in the mission said.
According to the Associated Press, Thai officials said the healthiest boys have been taken out of the cave first.
The first two boys have been rescued from the flooded cave and are now in a hospital near the cave. Oxygen tanks along the almost 2-mile stretch will be replaced. Other divers were on guard along the risky first kilometer of the passageway. The ambulances drove to a nearby helipad and a helicopter was seen taking off. "If that's the case, then we have to reassess the situation", he said. This what we have been racing against since day one. "It is very challenging and physically arduous", he said.
The boys and their coach became stranded when they went exploring in the cave after a practice game June 23.
"The heaviest rain has yet to come", said CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar.
After pumping out water for days, experts say the window to rescue the boys is closing and it is now or never.
The head of the rescue operation, Narongsak Osatanakorn, had earlier told reporters that "Today is D-Day".
England target World Cup 2018 semis after Belgium stun Brazil
Neymar was ruled out by injury four years ago when Brazil slumped to a 7-1 defeat against Germany with Scolari in charge. Brazil hasn't had the same coach for two straight World Cups since Mario Zagallo was at the helm in 1970 and 1974.
China delays retaliatory tariffs, won't fire 'first shot' in potential trade war
A Chinese ministry spokesman said the " US is shooting itself in the foot and hurting the world " with its tariff hikes. Donald Trump's trade war could potentially drag in products from other American trade partners, undermining relations.
Apple Will Ship 90 Million 2018 iPhone Lineup Units Believes Analyst
Out of the three new iPhones for the year, two will jointly take the crown for users attention. In order to get the LCD handset to that price level, the company is obviously eschewing OLED.
The first two boys were extracted from the cave around 5:40 p.m. local time Sunday with the help of divers.
The rescue operation claimed the life of a former Thai navy diver last week.
"I just heard his name, Mongkhol, and I was happy enough", she told the Guardian.
"Definitely, you can feel it that it has an effect, but we're moving on".
Fifty foreign divers and 40 Thai divers are now involved in the rescue operation, The Guardian reported, with teams from Australia, the US, UK, and China aiding in efforts. The letter shows the boys in good spirits despite their ordeal. The other boys have not been identified yet.
Poonsak Sripiromrak, who runs a shop selling gems, jewelry and religious statues in Mae Si, said the story has kept everyone in town on edge for the more than two weeks since the boys first went missing. It is expected that all of the rescued boys and the coach will be taken to the hospital for treatment.
On Friday, officials warned that oxygen levels in the cave dropped from 21% to 15%, complicating rescue efforts.
"The water level has reached the lowest it has been in ten days".