Live coverage is now over. Read below the events as they unfolded. Live updates with details of the latest news from Thailand and efforts to bring the five remaining boys and their coach out of the Tham Luang cave near Chiang Mai: Day 3 – July 10, 2018 19:00 THA (UTC+7): The last of the kid and the coach are being taken to the hospital in Chiang Rai after a three-day long successful rescue operation that evacuated 12 boys and an adult from a flooded cave complex in Thailand. An ambulance transporting alleged members of the children’s football team approaches the hospital in the northern Thai city of Chiang Rai on July 10, 2018 after being rescued in Tham Luang cave. AFP PHOTO / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA 18:50 THA (UTC+7): The remaining boy and the 25-year-old coach have been rescued from the Thailand cave, putting an end to the dangerous rescue mission, sources near the cave told Asia Times. A group of 12 boys and an adult football coach were trapped inside … [Read more...] about Thailand cave rescue: All 13 people saved in three-day mission
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CHIANG RAI - Thailand's rescued cave boys woke up in their own homes for the first time in more than three weeks on Thursday (July 19), with many rising at dawn to take part in a religious ceremony. The 12 boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach were discharged from a hospital in the northern province of Chiang Rai on Wednesday and later made their first public appearance. During a national TV broadcast they smiled, joked and showed solidarity with one another, as they shared details of their traumatic experience inside the flooded Tham Luang cave complex. Many of the boys hail from the sleepy district of Mae Sai, near the border with Myanmar. Some were greeted with hugs, tears and smiles from waiting relatives and friends when they returned home on Wednesday. Others were blessed with water as they entered their homes. On Thursday, some of the boys and their relatives took part in religious ceremonies at Mae Sai's Wat Pha That Doi Wao temple - an ancient temple with scenic … [Read more...] about Thailand cave rescue: Boys wake up at home for first time in weeks
MAE SAI, Thailand - A former military diver has died after running out of oxygen while assisting in the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach trapped inside a cave in Thailand, an official said Friday. His death highlights the perils of the operation to extract the team from deep inside the waterlogged cave, raising questions about the feasibility of bringing youngsters out the same way. READ ALSO: Thai cave rescue: Bird's nest collectors scour for ways into cave to save youth footballers "A former Seal who volunteered to help died last night about 2am," Chiang Rai deputy governor Passakorn Boonyaluck told reporters at the site, calling it "sad news." The diver, identified as Saman Kunont, was coming back from a spot inside the Tham Luang cave where the group were located on Monday when his supplies ran short. "On his way back he lost consciousness," said Thai Seal commander Apakorn Yookongkaew, adding that a friend had tried to help bring him out. "But even though we have … [Read more...] about Ex-Thai navy Seal dies in Thailand cave rescue: Official
Here are a few ways the hungry and weak boys could get out, none easy options. Could they dive out? In theory yes: but it is an extremely difficult task. Cave diving is already very risky, especially for young boys in a weakened state who have no diving experience. Tham Luang cave where the boys have been trapped is one of Thailand's longest at 10 kilometres (six miles) and one of the hardest to navigate with its winding and at times narrow corridors. If they dive, they have no choice but to follow the steps that rescuers took though tiny passageways clogged with mud and silt. That journey takes a healthy -- and skilled -- Navy SEAL diver about six hours. Officials said they would attempt to train the boys to use crucial diving gear after they are rehabilitated with food, water and medical support. "Cave diving is a very technical skill and it's extremely dangerous, especially for an untrained diver," Anmar Mirza, coordinator of the US National Cave Rescue Commission, told AFP. "So … [Read more...] about Thailand cave rescue: What now for the boys?
Two cave divers who found 12 Thai boys and their football coach on Monday (Jul 2) were neither military personnel nor professional divers, but volunteers from Britain.As light was first shone on the faces of the young boys after nine long days of being trapped in the flooded Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai, one of the questions the youngsters asked was: "Where you come from?""England, UK" one of the rescuers said.The two British divers who found the boys are part of a three-man team from the British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC). They have been identified in media reports as John Volanthen, 47, and Rick Stanton, 56.A team of Thai Navy Seals was with them when they found the lost boys.Their voices were heard in a video of the first moments the boys were found, which was posted on the Thai Navy Seals Facebook page, said The Telegraph.Mr Volanthen, an Internet engineer in Bristol, is one of the leading experts in cave rescue, the British paper reported. He took up diving as … [Read more...] about Thailand cave rescue: Who are the British divers who found the missing Thai boys?