Rescuers pulled out four of the 13 members of the Thai soccer team on Sunday night, over two weeks since they were trapped inside the Tham Luang cave due to monsoon flooding.
Chiang Rai governor and operation chief Narongsak Osottanakorn confirmed at a press conference Sunday that he had met the boys and they were in “perfect” health. He added that the rescue mission today was the “best situation.”
The rescued boys were taken to the nearby city of Chiang Rai for hospital treatment.
“Our job is not completely done,” Osottanakorn said. “We will have to do the next mission as successfully as the one we did today. The rest of the kids are in the same spot.”
Here’s how the rescue mission played out in photos:
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Authorities began rehearsing the rescue for several days before they decided it was safe to extract the boys.
Rescuers worked for several days to clear out much of the flooding inside the cave’s chamber so the boys would be able to walk out of certain portions of the cave.
Divers also had to teach the boys not only to dive, but also to swim.
The boys wandered into the cave after soccer practice on June 23, where they were trapped by floodwaters.
Equipment was prepared in order to ensure a safe rescue.
Divers installed oxygen tanks and a guide rope through the cave’s tunnel network after oxygen levels dropped from 21% to 15% on Friday.
A Thai Navy SEAL commander told reporters Friday he believed there was “a limited amount of time” left to rescue the soccer team.
As oxygen levels dropped, rescue efforts saw some setbacks.
Former Thai Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan, 38, died on Thursday while he was installing oxygen …read more
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