Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Thai caves: 9th boy saved on day 3 of Tham Luang rescue

Thai caves: 9th boy saved on day 3 of Tham Luang rescue

This brings the total number of boys rescued from the Tham Luang cave complex up to 10.

The rescue operation began Sunday and has been progressing rapidly. "The equipment they brought to help us is not practical with our mission", the publication also quoted him as saying.

Four boys and the coach are still trapped.

On Sunday, officials said it could "take days" to rescue the remaining boys and their coach.

"We thank the God of the rain".

The youth soccer players being rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand may have caught a disease from bat and bird poop while stuck inside the dank cavern for more than two weeks, according to reports.

The good news today, he said, was that the rescue team spent nine hours - two hours faster than they did a day earlier - from the time they went deeper into the cave to extract the four survivors until they emerged safely from the cave.

After the boys were transported to the same hospital as their other teammates, Thai officials said the rescue operation would again be put on hold for up to 20 hours so rescuers could lay down new air tanks and prepare the escape route.

The plight of the boys and their coach has drawn worldwide attention, with divers, engineers and medics among others flying in from around the world to assist.

"For the second lot of patients arriving last night, whose ages range from 12-14, they arrived with very low body temperature, and one of them had a low heart rate", he said.

The urgent and unsafe effort has involved the boys diving through the cave's tight and twisting passages, guided by experienced divers.

Boys from the soccer team trapped inside Tham Luang cave covered in hypothermia blankets July 3 video by Thai Navy Seal.

Officials say the group are being taught how to use diving masks and breathing apparatuses.

The boys will remain in quarantine because of a fear of infection, and it's understood they have only been able to speak to family members through a window.

"There's a likelihood of resilience, assuming everyone comes out, there's no fatalities, I think the worst is behind them", Adesman said.

Heavy rains lashed the northern Thai region late Monday and a steady downpour has continued Tuesday.

The boys' nightmare experience - trapped in claustrophobic darkness by rising waters - resonated across the globe, riveting people both in Thailand and internationally who anxiously watched the news coming from this town along the border with Myanmar.

The other, and perhaps more worrying, was that oxygen levels in the complex were falling close to risky levels.

"Although his technology is good and sophisticated, it's not practical for this mission", Osatanakorn said after the press conference. The mission today is more hard than in the past two days, with all nine to be brought out.

Dozens of foreign divers and other experts from around the world were brought in to help the rescue effort, working alongside Thai Navy SEALs.

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