2nd rescue underway at flooded Thai cave

Here's What You Need to Know About The Thai Kids Who've Been Stuck in a Cave for 2 Weeks

Here's What You Need to Know About The Thai Kids Who've Been Stuck in a Cave for 2 Weeks

The boys and their coach, whose team is known as the Wild Boars, became stranded when they were exploring the cave after a practice game on June 23.

Authorities on Tuesday were planning for their final push. With fresh monsoon rains due, rescuers have warned the window of opportunity to evacuate the boys is "limited".

The names of the rescued boys were not released. Relatives start to keep vigil outside the cave.

Thai soldiers walk out from the Tham Luang cave area as operations continue on July 9, 2018.

The boys are being guided out of the cave by two divers with oxygen tanks. Numerous boys do not know how to swim.

A massive pumping operation is said to have helped lower the water level inside the cave system, making the journey in and out easier than it was.

Thailand's prime minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, who visited the cave Monday, also stopped by to see the eight boys in the hospital, Osatanakorn said. But if the doctors suspect any contact with the winged mammals, the boys will most likely get postexposure vaccinations to prevent any possible rabies infections, Adalja told Live Science.

- Monday, July 2 - Finally, a miracle: the 12 boys and their coach are found alive late Monday evening about 400 metres beyond Pattaya Beach by the British cave diving team.Crowds at the teeming rescue site cheer the good news, but attention soon turns to the hard task of getting the boys out safely.

Musk and his team hope the skinny sub will aid in the rescue of the remaining five members of the youth soccer team who are trapped in a cave, but if the rescuers succeed on their own, Musk sees the sub as a future tool in high-risk rescues.

Workers have been labouring around the clock to pump water out of the cave, and officials said that despite heavy downpours overnight, water levels inside the cave did not rise.

Pad kra pao, a Thai chicken dish, was said to be the first meal that the four boys asked for.

Dozens of foreign divers and other experts from around the world were brought in to help the rescue effort, working alongside the Thai Navy SEALs. A team of bird's nest collectors scour the mountainside in search of new openings into the cave roof.

Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said at a press conference on Monday that the effort would involve the same divers. Sunday's mission took nine hours and plenty of energy, with each child being accompanied by two divers along the way.

To date, each rescued boy has been escorted through the labyrinthine cave by two divers, each of them holding an oxygen tank that feeds to the survivor's mask.

"Imagine marathon runners. It is like when they reach the finish line exhausted", said the source.

He told reporters the four rescued boys were taken to the hospital in the town of Chiang Rai, the provincial capital, for evaluation, and the next phase of the operation would resume after about 10-20 hours.

The extraction of the 4 on Monday followed a similar pattern to the previous day, with the youngsters emerging in quick succession just before nightfall after navigating a treacherous escape route of more than 4 kilometers (2.5 miles).

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