Jakarta -The team of divers succeeded in removing 4 school children who were trapped in a cave in the ham of Luang, Chiang Rai province of Thailand.
They are eleven people trapped in a cave since last June 23 or nearly two weeks with the football coach.
As reported by Reuters today, Monday (9/7/2018) which was quoted by Antara, Four of 12 school children members of Wilad Boar football team was successfully rescued. Meanwhile, eight students and the coach are still waiting for the next evacuation process.
“Today is the best day, the best situation in terms of weather, children’s health, our water management for our rescue efforts,” said Chief Operation Rescue, Narongsak Osottanakorn, in a press conference today, Monday (09/07/2018).
Bold and dangerous operation to rescue eight boys were left-some of which are 11 years old and no-swimmers and coaches, stopped at night until Monday morning.
This is done to give the divers time to fill the oxygen supply and make sure all the preparations have been completed.
Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand’s elite naval unit SEAL guide the children to safety through narrow alleys submerged, which claimed the lives of a former navy diver Thailand on Friday.
“Today we managed to rescue and send back four children to Chiang Rai Prachanukrua Hospital safely,” Narongsak continued.
Rescuers need at least ten hours to prepare for their next operation, involving about 90 divers in total, 50 of them from overseas, he said.
A helicopter flew four boys to the nearest town, Chiang Rai, where they were taken by ambulance to the hospital.
Heavy monsoon rains drenching Tham Luang Cave area in the northern province of Chiang Rai on Sunday and the storm is expected to come in the coming weeks, increasing risks in the so-called “war with water and time” to save the teen football team.
The children, aged between 11 and 16 years, lost their 25-year-old coach after football practice on June 23, set off an adventure to explore the cave complex near the border with Myanmar and celebrate the birthday boy’s.
Rescue teams have been training for the rescue plan for several days, Narongsak said, and have managed to drain the water in the cave, but must move quickly.
Source: Antara, Reuters