Final Rescue Mission For Trapped Thai Boys' Football Team Is Underway

Thai soldiers walking from the cave area as operations restart on Monday

Image Thai soldiers walking from the cave area as operations restart on Monday

People across Thailand cheered the rescue operation, including at the Mae Sai Prasitsart school where six of the trapped boys are students. Officials have yet to confirm the identities of the four boys freed.

Tuesday's operation began just after 10 a.m. They are being quarantined in hospital but are said to be in "good health'". "Everyone is in high spirits and are happy to get out".

Rescue teams in Thailand have begun what they hope will be their final dive deep into the Tham Luang caves to bring out the last four boys trapped there for 17 days, along with their 25-year old football coach.

"All five will be brought out at the same time today", said the head of the rescue mission, Narongsak Osottanakornon, on Tuesday.

"If everything goes right, we will see four kids and a doctor and three Seals that have stayed with the kids will all come out", he said.

The first eight boys rescued from a Thai cave complex are in good health overall and some asked for chocolate bread for breakfast, officials said on Tuesday as rescuers prepared to free the remaining five in a race against time and bad weather.

VideoOne of the divers on the rescue team in Thailand explains the difficulty of getting the boys out.

Divers from Thailand and overseas, including the United States, China, Europe, and Australia have helped retrieve the boys, who are between the ages of 11-16. However, Dr. Jesada Chokedamrongsuk of the Thai ministry of public health said the boys will not be able to make the trip, reported Channel News Asia.

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Two of the boys are thought to have lung infections, but there are no serious complaints to report.

Dr Jesada said the first group taken out, on Sunday, were aged 14 to 16 and the second group, taken out on Monday, were aged 12 to 14.

After days of planning, the first four boys emerged Sunday after an arduous journey.

Three ambulances along with cars, hummers and soldiers have been seen entering the cave site where rescuers have been carrying out a high-stakes operation to bring out trapped members of a youth soccer team.

A massive global effort involving more than 100 divers and rescue workers brought the first eight boys out through winding and partly-submerged passageways on Sunday and Monday, four a day. Cave exploring is something they usually do after practices, but this excursion proved costly after they were trapped by the heavy rains.

"The water level is still at a satisfactory level and we have enough teams to complete the mission", Narongsak said on Monday. This seems less likely now given the need for the boys to undergo further tests.

As an worldwide coalition of divers continued to rescue a Thai soccer team and their coach from a cave Monday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was trying to help in his own inimitable way. Last week, Musk sent engineers from two of his companies, SpaceX and Boring Co., to assist Thai officials in the rescue effort, which comprises a large team of global diving, engineering and medical experts, among other professionals.

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