Thai basil pork rice is first meal choice for rescued footballers

Thailand Cave Search

Thailand Cave Search

Boys from the soccer team trapped inside Tham Luang cave covered in hypothermia blankets July 3 video by Thai Navy Seal. Their body temperatures were very low when they emerged, and two are suspected of having lung inflammation. The third day of the intricate and high-risk mission aims to rescue the remaining boys and their coach and also bring out a medic and three Thai Navy SEALs who have stayed with the teenagers in their dark refuge deep within the sprawling cave.

Thai health officials told reporters on Tuesday morning that despite their ordeal, the eight boys who have been rescued appear to be in good health, The Guardian reported.

4.27pm: The third day of the rescue mission has reportedly begun at 11am today (local time).

Fresh rains on Tuesday added urgency to the final stages of the treacherous rescue bid, several kilometres inside a mountain and through flooded, tight corridors.

The rescue operation began in earnest on Sunday, with an experienced team of divers rescuing four of the 13 people trapped.

Doctors expect them to remain in the hospital for at least a week.

"They're asking for chocolate". As with the previous rescue efforts, 19 divers have gone into the cave, with two divers escorting each of the boys out of the cave with tethers.

The plight of the boys and their coach has drawn worldwide attention since they became trapped when they went into the cave after soccer practice on June 23.

By Monday night, elite divers had managed to bring out eight members of the football team which included 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach.

Divers on Monday launched the second phase of a rescue operation at the Thailand cave where members of a youth soccer team are trapped.

"The kids are footballers, are strong and have high immunity", Jesada said when asked why they survived so long. "We can see that everything is okay as they're eating well", said Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong, Inspector General of the Public Health Ministry.

The first four boys who were rescued on Sunday have been allowed to see their families through a glass window as doctors continue to conduct thorough health checks and monitor the boys for any contagious diseases.

Officials lavished praise on the Thai and global divers who executed the unsafe rescue mission, guiding boys who can barely swim and have no diving experience through a treacherous 4-kilometer-long (2 1/2-mile) escape route that twisted and turned and rose and fell inside the mountain cave complex.

With rain again pounding the cave site in a mountainous region in northern Thailand on Tuesday morning, rescuers said they were aiming to bring out the remaining four boys and their coach by the evening. Authorities have said the mission could take up to four days to complete and heavy rain is forecast in the coming days.

The authorites are still keeping the eight rescued boys away from their parents for fear of infection.

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