Second day of Thailand cave rescue

Second day of Thailand cave rescue

Second day of Thailand cave rescue

The risky bid to rescue the boys - aged between 11 and 16 - got going again hours earlier on Monday after a break to replenish oxygen supplies and make other preparations deep inside the cave complex in northern Thailand's Chiang Rai province. On Sunday, the first four boys were rescued and were taken to a hospital in Chiang Rai for evaluation. An ambulance was seen leaving the scene immediately afterward early Monday evening.

The second phase began at 11 a.m. local time, which is midnight Eastern time.

Medics appeared to remove one person on a stretcher but hid the person's identity behind multiple white umbrellas.

Rescue mission chief Narongsak Osotthanakorn on Monday said the operation on the second day started at 11am.

Four of the 13 were rescued Sunday, but authorities have not yet identified them publicly and details of their condition remain sparse.

Narongsak said he was not sure if the remaining five people will be extracted in one or more operations. The message, like most posted by the SEALs, ended with the fighting cheer adopted from the U.S. Navy: Hooyah.

As a reminder, the tunnels measures around 4km (2.5 miles) with several areas being underwater thanks to the rains in the region.

The first four rescued boys have been placed in a ward set aside specifically for the cave rescue, a source at the hospital said. "This morning they said they were hungry and wanted to eat khao pad grapao", Narongsak said, referring to a Thai dish of meat fried with chili and basil and served over rice.

A team of eighteen diving experts, including foreign and Thai citizens, began rescue operations on Sunday and managed to free four boys from the cave. Decker said he sent four engineers to the cave site, and they assisted rescuers by boosting pumping power 40 per cent.

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The boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach became stranded when they went exploring inside after a practice game.

But with oxygen levels inside dropping to unsafe lows and the prospect of heavy rains flooding the area completely, authorities decided they had to move quickly, and take the group out through the water-filled tunnels.

The New York Times reports that as of current writing, the day's operation was winding down.

Narongsak said rescuers had to tighten a guide rope as part of their preparations for Monday's operation.

Rescuers chose to go ahead with the operation to free them because of fears that waters would rise again.

Looming rain was one of the main enemies of the operation, threatening to flood the cave complex in mountainous northern Thailand, although a bewildering array of other dangers could also doom the escape plans.

Narongsak said favorable factors for a successful rescue, including the fact that water levels in the cave remain stable even though rain had fallen. Thai navy SEALs are leading the effort, but more than 90 rescue workers from around the world have been laboring in and around the dark, twisting cave.

Divers held the first four boys close to bring them out and each had to wear an oxygen mask, authorities said. "We will not push them too hard on their studies", he said, adding that extra tutoring will be given to allow the boys to catch up on their missed work. Add Thailand Cave Rescue as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Thailand Cave Rescue news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

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