Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Dramatic images from Thailand cave rescue

Dramatic images from Thailand cave rescue

Rescue personnel prepare the transport for the evacuation of the boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, Tuesday in this photo obtained from social media.

Then another four of the youngsters were successfully brought out of the cave, with the first rescue carried out shortly before 5pm local time, a few hours after the mission entered its second day.

"The equipment they brought to help us is not practical with our mission", Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osotthanakorn, the head of the rescue efforts, said of the billionaire's technology, according to BBC.

The story has transfixed the Netherlands - as well as the rest of the world - after the 12 boys and their coach were lost inside the Tham Luang park cave complex more than two weeks ago.

The entrepreneur had offered assistance earlier in the rescue mission, sending engineers from two of his companies to provide technical support. Each operation has taken at least nine hours.

Doctors were being cautious because of the infection risk and were isolating the boys in the hospital. They were given a treat on Tuesday: bread with chocolate spread that they had requested.

Rescue workers wearing protection suits wait for some of the rescued schoolboys at military airport in Chiang Rai on Monday.

The boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach are now being assessed in hospital.

Two of the eight rescued so far have shown signs of a potential lung infection, but there is a hope they could honour the invite. "Everyone is in high spirits and is happy to get out".

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"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".

"This will make a great movie someday".

The rescued boys had not been identified out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped, officials had said.

"I've told them once this has died down, let's really sit down and have a more in-depth interview on what's really happening", he said.

When asked about his first reaction as he saw the first set of boys who were rescued he admitted that he was "very scared".

Four ambulances and a convoy of other vehicles arrived at the cave site Tuesday morning as rains hit the region.

The search-and-rescue operation began on Sunday just ahead of monsoon rainstorms that pelted the region early Wednesday and threaten to flood the cave again.

"Mini-sub is ready if needed".

He has also suggested using what he described as a "kid-sized submarine", posting videos of the device on Sunday.

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