Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Thailand Cave Rescue Saves 8 Children Trapped For Weeks Underground

Thailand Cave Rescue Saves 8 Children Trapped For Weeks Underground

The first eight boys rescued from a Thai cave are in good mental and physical health and are asking for chocolate, officials said Tuesday, although two were on antibiotics after being tested for pneumonia.

"We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what".

Officials said late Sunday they'd need to pause the operation for at least 10 hours to fill oxygen tanks that had been depleted during the first phase of the rescue mission.

The boys spent the time regaining their strength with food and drink and learning to dive for the unsafe mission, while rescuers pumped as much water as possible from the lengthy network of caverns.

Scott and his co-producer Adam Smith began conducting preliminary interviews on Tuesday, while the last rescue mission was under way.

When the team of rescue divers emerged from the entrance of the cave in their wet suits, people yelled "Thank you!" in English and Thai, reaching out their hands to high-five them.

But two of the boys freed from the partially flooded Thai cave have suspected lung infections, following their 16 day ordeal underground.

He said the group can eat, move about, and talk. "All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave", the Thai SEALs wrote in a Facebook post shared by almost 80,000 people on Tuesday.

The medic, who has not yet been identified, is thought to be Army doctor Colonel Pak Loharachun, who was seen in a video clip with the stranded boys and reportedly stayed to take care of the group. The rescued boys are now in the hospital receiving treatment.

A crack team of foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALS guided the boys during a nine-hour operation through almost 4 km of sometimes submerged, pitch-dark channels from where they have been trapped for more than a fortnight. They were trapped by floods more than two weeks ago.

Heavy rains in the morning cleared during the day, a reassuring sign for rescuers who feared monsoon rains could imperil the rescue.

TRANQUILLIZERS AND QUARANTINE Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who visited the cave on Monday, said the boys had been given tranquillizers to stop them getting stressed on the way out of the cave, but he dismissed any suggestion they had been "sedated".

After pondering for days how to get the 13 out, a rescue operation was launched on Sunday when four of the boys were brought out, tethered to rescue divers.

It is believed that the second lot of boys are in better health than the first four who were brought out first because they were deemed the "weakest".

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