Rescuers begin operation to retrieve soccer team trapped in Thailand's Tham Luang cave, head of rescue mission says. #ThailandCaveRescue
A rescue mission is underway to pull out the 12 boys and their coach trapped inside a cave in Thailand. 18 divers (13 international + 5 Thai) have made their way inside the cave to rescue the boys one by one.
The difficulty of rescue opration at tham luang cave at #Thailand by the graph..
Thailand cave boys sent handwritten letters to their families
First boy expected to emerge from the cave around 2 PM GMT Sunday
• 12 boys & 25-year-old coach
• Boys are ages 11-16
• As far as 2.5 miles from main entrance
• Most can’t swim
• Water-filled cave
• Fast-flowing, murky water
• Some areas too narrow for scuba tanks
BBC: The greatest dangers for the boys
• Hypothermia (Cave water is very cold)
• Infections (There are all sorts of diseases in the cave, which could be carried by bats or dirty water)
#ThailandCaveRescue: Thirteen medical teams are standing ready outside the cave, each with its own helicopter and ambulance.
The first two boys are currently being assessed at a medical check point on site and will be take to hospital by helicopter. #ThailandCaveRescue
Footage from Thai TV; Rescue operation is underway
Reports of injuries among divers in rescue mission. #ThailandCaveRescue
Thai King’s sister arrived at operation site. #ThailandCaveRescue
Photos from the mission site. #ThailandCaveRescue
#US president Donald #Trump on #ThailandCaveRescue: “The U.S. is working very closely with the Government of Thailand to help get all of the children out of the cave and to safety. Very brave and talented people!”
Statement from The US Embassy in Bangkok:
• The rescue operations is going better than expected according to Thai officials
• 50 international and 40 Thai divers are currently participating in #ThailandCaveRescue
The number of boys from the football youth team rescued from the Thai cave has been revised down to four according to Thai media. #ThailandCaveRescue
Thai Navy Seal: The rescue mission is temporarily suspended, the next phase of the operation to start in 10-20 hours. #ThailandCaveRescue
The remaining 9 will be evacuated tomorrow. (Thailand local time) #ThailandCaveRescue
Footages taken from the operation site. #ThailandCaveRescue
It's starting a light rain now #ThailandCaveRescue
#ThailandCaveRescue Thai Military:
#CORRECTION: The Dive-Buddy System was used for rescuing the four boys. At the narrowest point, the two divers will have to take off their tanks and push them in front of them to be able to pass.
• Six boys and their coach still remain in the cave