Thai cave rescue: Authorities 'afraid of the rain', speed up operation

Credit PA

The ambulance drove toward a helipad, where a helicopter was seen taking off shortly after to the cheers of the crowd below.

Guerrero says she's glad rescue operations to save the group of boys and their coach trapped in a Thai cave are moving swiftly before water levels in the cave rose even higher. Eighteen divers set off at 10 a.m. local time on a risky mission to rescue the junior soccer team, who had been stuck deep inside Tham Luang cave for 16 days. Divers brought the first boy from the cave at around 5:40 p.m. local time, less than eight hours after the rescue operation started.

Narongsak said earlier on Sunday the mission may take three or four days to complete.

Thai police officers stand guard at the blocking area in front of the oxygen tanks on a vehicle during rescue operations to save a soccer team at Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, Chiang Rai province, Thailand.

Some took time on Sunday to pay tribute to Saman Gunan, a Thai Navy SEAL who died while trying to ensure the boys had enough oxygen. The boys, although skinny, have been described as in good health.

It had been assumed that the four extracted yesterday were boys, but it emerged that the fourth person taken out was the coach, Mr Ekapol.

On their earlier rescue mission As per sources, divers are expected to resume the mission by today, July 9.

On Saturday, Mr Narongsak said mild weather and falling water levels over the past few days had created optimal conditions for an evacuation that would not last if it rains heavily again.

Expert divers managed to get four of the 12 boys to safety on Sunday. The Thai government released an infographic Sunday explaining that oxygen tanks would have to be removed and carefully rolled through the narrowest parts of the tunnels.

The 12 boys, ranging in age between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach, entered the cave on June 23 after soccer practice and were subsequently trapped by rising flood waters.

"As all of us said, the main thing is we still need more than 20 hours to get ready", Narongsak said.

Musk came up with the idea to help rescue the youth soccer team trapped in a cave in Thailand. Monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for 10 days.

Musk first tweeted about the boys trapped in the cave on 4 July after somebody asked him if he would assist. Authorities have said the soccer players are being looked after by Thai navy SEALs, including medics, staying with them inside the cave.

"It's unsafe to the most experienced divers to go through", one diver told Reuters. In addition to treatment areas, the hospital will also provide reunion rooms for the young boys and their families.

But with some of them unable to swim and having no diving experience, Mr Narongsak had previously dubbed the rescue effort "Mission Impossible".

Related News:

  • Lucas Torreira confirms Gunners move ahead of medical

    Lucas Torreira confirms Gunners move ahead of medical

    While N'Zonzi was beating Uruguay in Russia , Sevilla president Jose Castro remarked that no formal bid has landed at his desk. And according to French outlet Ouest-France, Lorient midfielder Guendouzi will under go his Arsenal medical today.
    Meet the Thai Soccer Players Trapped in a Cave

    Meet the Thai Soccer Players Trapped in a Cave

    Kian Kamluang, whose 16-year-old son, Pornchai, is in the cave, said she had thought he had a 50 per cent chance of being found. Another video has helped boost morale as its messenger knows better than most what the boys and their coach are going through.
    Boycott alert: Walmart sells

    Boycott alert: Walmart sells "Impeach 45" t-shirts

    News of the shirt prompted a #BoycottWalmart movement on Twitter and social media, with a large number of supporters jumping in. Last year, the retailer came under fire after a third-party seller offered t-shirts that suggested killing journalists.
  • European Union  gives stark warning to U.S.  over auto tariffs

    European Union gives stark warning to U.S. over auto tariffs

    Retaliatory tariffs would cost billions and kill thousands of jobs. Europe is "possibly as bad as China " on trade, U.S. Canada has the rate on 6.8% of tariff lines.
    Instant Reaction: LeBron James leaves Cavs for Lakers

    Instant Reaction: LeBron James leaves Cavs for Lakers

    While the loss of James undoubtedly marks the end of an era in Cavs history, the team has already begun preparing for the future. It's the last long-term max contract that James can sign thanks to the NBA CBA's Over-38 rule (formerly the Over-37 rule).
    Joachim Low 'shocked' by Germany's early World Cup exit

    Joachim Low 'shocked' by Germany's early World Cup exit

    South Korea will be relying on Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min if they are to make it to the next round. "If the players didn't have all this preparation then we'd surely not see this kind of performance".
  • NASA's Terra satellite apots second Atlantic Tropical Depression

    NASA's Terra satellite apots second Atlantic Tropical Depression

    The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center has the storm potentially becoming a Category 2 hurricane this weekend. We'll continue to monitor this feature and provide updates during NBC2 Newscasts throughout the next several days.
    Brazil coach Tite not a fan of penalty shootouts

    Brazil coach Tite not a fan of penalty shootouts

    Brazil does a good job containing Belgium's attack, Neymar scores again and the South Americans move on to the semifinals. We play against the best team in the tournament, the favourites, so will be a good test to see where we stand as a team.
    Colombia vs. England - Football Match Report

    Colombia vs. England - Football Match Report

    Kane's strike also sees the 24-year-old match Lionel Messi's total record of World Cup goals, on his debut at the tournament. One of Russia, Croatia, Switzerland, Sweden, England or Colombia will reach the showpiece final in Moscow on July 15.
  • No SA casualties reported among 48 dead in flooding in Japan - Dirco

    No SA casualties reported among 48 dead in flooding in Japan - Dirco

    Almost 80 people are believed to be dead in Japan after three days of torrential rain that prompted rivers to burst their banks. The orders were not mandatory , and it's unclear how many left their homes. "Without water, I can not clear mud from my house".
    Elon Musk shares video of 'kid-size' submarine for Thai cave rescue

    Elon Musk shares video of 'kid-size' submarine for Thai cave rescue

    On Saturday morning, the Thai navy posted photos of letters that the group had written to their families and the outside world. Thai authorities earlier said that it could take days for the divers to rescue all the boys and the football coach .
    Some fans stunned at LeBron James' massive deal with Lakers

    Some fans stunned at LeBron James' massive deal with Lakers

    Why did James sign with the Lakers? CBSSports.com's projections had the Lakers as a 29-win team before the signing was announced . James, who is also known as "King James", took to Instagram to address his Cleveland fans.


Most liked

What to know about infant feeding guidelines, as United States opposes breastfeeding resolution
The WHO has long advocated exclusive breastfeeding until six months of age, and partial breastfeeding for up to two years or more. The State Department declined to respond to questions, saying it could not discuss private diplomatic conversations.

These are the semi-final matchups at the FIFA World Cup (SCHEDULE)
Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara. The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St.

Japan hangs doomsday cult members who attacked subway with sarin
It goes without saying that the other six members of Aum Shinrikyo will equally face the same fate in the near future. Major Japanese media are reporting that some disciples of doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara have also been executed.

Arsene Wenger reveals his three favourites to win World Cup 2018
Sweden lags as a +370 bet on Saturday's World Cup odds , and are also pegged as distant +2500 longshots on the championships odds. Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis said: "It has not been a discussion other than, "we are two o'clock and that's it".

Mukesh Ambani launches Jio Phone 2, available at Rs. 2999
Jio , the company's telecom service, will move India to top five nations in fixed line broadband in coming year, Ambani said. The JioPhone 2 looks similar to old BlackBerry phones and offers same features of the original JioPhone .

There's A Petition To Try And Get FIFA To Replay Colombia-England
England fans spilled out onto Friar Street after England's historic World Cup penalty shootout victory on Tuesday night.

Borat Star Sacha Baron Cohen Is Making a Trump University Movie Next
This video ends with a message saying that " Sacha Graduates Soon" followed by the logo of the short-lived Trump University . He asked Trump if he would be interested in investing in a business idea - gloves created to catch dripping ice cream.

Cavani limps off after brilliant brace
Portugal have lost each of their last nine World Cup games in which they've conceded the first goal. Cavani sent a cross into the box where Suarez, however, could hardly get a decent shot.

What Mexico's new leader really thinks about Donald Trump
Obrador, 64, says the two parties are essentially the same "mafia of power", a message that has piqued the interest of many. He will replace President Enrique Pena Nieto , who was limited to one term in office by the constitution, on December 1.

India begin England tour with 1st T20 at Manchester
The Men in Blue are riding high on confidence as both their batters and bowlers performed exceedingly well against Ireland. Team India will start their tour of England with a T20I encounter at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday.

American Killed, Nine Injured in Bahamas Boat Explosion
Her sister Brooke and father Paul received only minor injuries, while her mom broke several bones, per ABC7. The Rutland Herald reports she also suffered two broken arms, a fractured spine and internal injuries.

All-Star guard Rondo joins LeBron's revamped Lakers
Though James will be playing for another team next season, there is no denying the impact he had on Northeast Ohio. James signed with the Lakers just hours after opting out of the final year of his contract with the Cavaliers.

Amazon Prime Day 2018 Kicks Off July 16, Deals Already Happening
Our team of deals experts are keeping an eagle eye on the best Amazon Prime Day deals and we can spot the wheat from the chaff. There are also some classics in there, like Metal Slug 3 , and Broken Age , offering you a good sweep of both genres and eras.

Dirk to Doncic: Mavs tap brakes on inevitable comparisons
The Atlanta Hawks have selected Luka Doncic , guard from Real Madrid (Spain), with the 3rd overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft . Point guard Dennis Smith Jr . and forward Harrison Barnes are strong complementary pieces for Doncic to work with.

Gangster in helicopter prison break
She was shot as the gang fled and used Kalashnikov assault rifles to fire at police cars pursuing them along the busy A4 motorway. It is believed that the heavily armed men, who had guns, were dressed in black and wore hoods, demanded the prisoner's release.