By Lexy   |  07-08-2018   News
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Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said Sunday's rescue mission has come to an end and will begin again in 10-20 hours, depending on weather conditions.

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Rescue teams gather in a cave on June 25, 2018, where 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing in Chang Rai, northern Thailand.

Four boys have been rescued from the flooded Cave on Sunday, Al Jazeera's Scott Heidler reported.

Heidler noted that the four boys had been rescued in pairs, as each two were escorted out of the Tham Luang cave complex only minutes apart.

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Below is a timeline of the events thus far:

Raw Footage: Moment Boys TRAPPED in Thailand Cave FOUND ALIVE!!!

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Diving teams and medical personnel entered the cave at 10:00 local time (03:00 GMT), rescue mission chief Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters on Sunday.

Preventing the boys from panicking during their rescue is of the essence, New Zealand Diving's Neil Bennett told Al Jazeera.

"The training up to this point would be really focused on trying to keep them calm, explaining that they're going to be in poor visibility. Explaining that they have to keep the air supply in their mouth. It's really about dealing with the situation they're facing rather than trying to install perfect dive skills. That's never going to happen in this situation," he said.

"In a normal situation, you would have experienced professionals that might need rescue, not someone who's a complete novice who's never been in the water before, let alone who can't swim.

"So the real factor is trying to keep that panic element out of the way because that's where all the dangers come - as soon as someone panics then all sorts of problems come for the rescuers because a panicked diver can actually be a danger to the rescuer as much as themselves."

In a Facebook post, the Thai navy SEALs vow to bring the Wild Boars youth football team home.

"We, the Thai team and the international team will bring the Wild Boars home," the post reads.

On Saturday, the Thai navy SEALs posted notes from the football team on their Facebook page.

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"I love you, Dad, Mum, and my sister. You don't need to be worried about me."

Thailand cave boys send handwritten letters to their families.

Anmar Mirza, a cave expert and US National Cave Rescue Commission coordinator, told Al Jazeera that the boys' weakness due to nine days of starvation makes the rescue operation risky.

"It takes a long time to recover and they have simply not had that time. I’m hoping that they have drilled well enough that there aren’t any problems but it’s still a huge risk," he said.

"The divers have built a level of trust with the boys and that's part of the psychology of getting them out. In most of the places, the diver can be right next to them. There are those few spots where they cannot be side by side, but again they can communicate with them by the fact that they're just right close there. So, with luck, that keeps them calm."

The Tham Luang cave complex in northern Thailand's Chiang Rai province is 10km long.

The boys and their coach are trapped kilometers deep inside and will have to make their way out through passages, some of which are fully submerged.

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Last week, rescue mission chief Narongsak Osottanakorn said the "biggest crisis spot" for diving is a tiny passageway near the Sam Yak junction.

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"There is a tunnel that has a passageway going up and coming down narrowly and you have to turn a bit and it's very small," Osottanakorn said on July 2.

Graphics explain the rescue operation {Video below}

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More than seven hours into the operation, the first boys make their way out of the cave.

Bangkok Post reported that a source told them the football team and their coach would be rescued in four batches: one of four and three of three people.

Rescue authorities said the coach will be the last to be brought out, Bangkok Post reported.

It is "unknown how long it will take before [rescuers] can bring out the first batch of boys," Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn has said.

In a press release containing an update on the rescue mission, which has now been underway for more than eight hours, Osottanakorn said: "divers will work with medics in the cave to assess the boys' health before determining who will come out first".

"They cannot decide how many of them will be able to come out for the first operation. Based on the complexity and difficulty of the cave environment it is unknown how long it might take and how many children would exit the cave," the statement said.

The first two members of the football team have been recovered from the Tham Luang cave complex, a local official has told Reuters news agency.

"Two kids are out. They are currently at the field hospital near the cave," Tossathep Boonthong, chief of Chiang Rai's health department and part of the rescue team, said.

"We are giving them a physical examination. They have not been moved to Chiang Rai hospital yet."

Three boys have made their way out of the cave according to a military source, Al Jazeera's Scott Heidler has reported.

Thailand's interior minister is reportedly on the way to the field hospital, where the three boys are being assessed, Heidler said.

Two ambulances have been seen leaving Tham Luang and one helicopter has been heard taking off. Helicopters have been waiting to take the members of the football team to Chiang Rai's state capital where the boys and their coach will be treated in hospital.

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An official has told AFP news agency four boys from the Wild Boars football team have reached the rescue camp inside the Tham Luang cave complex.

The rescue base camp has been set up in chamber three, situated about two kilometers into the cave.

A BBC reporter on the scene has seen a total of four ambulances heading towards the cave.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ambulance going up. Fourth I’ve seen in this short amount of time. <a href="https://t.co/ADl47EHYCg">pic.twitter.com/ADl47EHYCg</a></p>&mdash; Helier Cheung (@HelierCheung) <a href="https://twitter.com/HelierCheung/status/1015933902966349824?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 8, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

In a Facebook post, the Thai Navy SEALs have said four members of the youth football team had exited the cave as of 19:47 local time (12:47 GMT)

Doctor Andrea Danese, a Psychiatry lecturer at King’s College in London, told Al Jazeera that he expects most of the children to present emotional symptoms.

"Several of them may be agitated, they may be irritable. They may be also acting out in terms of trying to deal with their emotions," he said.

According to Danese, 10-20 percent of the children may develop long-term mental health issues, such as "depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder … and in the older ones particularly perhaps substance abuse".

He also said that physical health issues may also occur due to malnutrition and high levels of stress.

Let’s not forget about Saman Gunan.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">RIP Saman Gunan <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ThaiCaveRescue?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ThaiCaveRescue</a> A Hero&#39;s heart is the size of a Lions. <a href="https://t.co/jybfFtzIwN">pic.twitter.com/jybfFtzIwN</a></p>&mdash; Double Naught Spy (@JamesSandzik) <a href="https://twitter.com/JamesSandzik/status/1015946188825223169?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 8, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

RIP Saman Gunan #ThaiCaveRescue A Hero's heart is the size of a Lions.

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Thai soldiers relay an electrical cable deep into the Tham Luang cave at the Khun Nam Nang Non-Forest Park on June 26.

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Thai soldiers carry a hose deep into the cave to pump out water on June 27.

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A team of SEAL divers inspects the water-filled tunnel in the cave on June 28.

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Thai soldiers carry equipment inside the flooded cave complex on July 2.

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The missing boys and their soccer coach as they were found in the dark, partially flooded cave on July 2.

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Family members near the cave celebrate the news that the team and their coach were found alive on July 2.

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Rescuers are sent inside the cave on July 3.

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Some members of the team in the cave on July 4.

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A family member prays before a shrine in the Tham Luang cave area as rescue operations continue on July 5.

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Military personnel carries surface supply diving cables out from the cave complex on July 5.

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Water is pumped out of the cave complex on July 5.

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An honor guard holds up a picture of former Thai Navy SEAL diver Samarn Kunan on July 6.

Coverage Continues.

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https://www.nbcnews.com/slideshow/thailand-cave-rescue-n889356; https://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2018/07/thai-cave-rescue-operation-latest-updates-180708054720949.html

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Jo No. 30693 1531071369

Thank you for writing stories that we care about. God Bless the men and women who selflessly put their lives on the line to help others.

DeplorableRN No. 30694 1531072712

Thoughts and prayers for these children and brave divers. Great article Lexy. Thanks for keeping us posted.

Dawn No. 30697 1531073221

Another great article Lexy. Prayers for the children, families, and the selfless brave men and women. God Bless

DA No. 30702 1531077046

Praying for these brave men & strength for all.

Not2far2right No. 30703 1531077918

So sad the rescuer died. Good for everyone to remember the risk first responders take to help others. Thanks for including that, and for a great article covering the rescue operation.

Odin No. 30706 1531081131

Very good Lexy. What a story, I hope they can get them all out safe. This looks like a complex rescue mission.

rcaps66 No. 30707 1531082937

I have been following this story and really thought I knew the whole story. You opened my eyes. I knew it was a miracle mission, but I had no idea it was this harrowing. Thank you for this compilation. God is with these kids and rescuers.

Beautiful piece Ms. Lexy!

@AGerberBaby No. 30709 1531084259

The most thorough explanatory article I have read to dat on this situation. Awesome job Lexy! Thank you for making it clear. The worthless MSM should take notes on the way you present information. God bless and KEEP WRITING!!

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Carolina Country No. 30710 1531085347

Excellent article! Sending positive vibes

Mel No. 30779 1531142572

Thank you for this update. Awesome job Lexy. Praying for all

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