Thailand Caves: Second round rescue, names of boys witheld

Four boys were rescued yesterday, and four more today. the operation has come to a halt for the day.

Published: 09th July 2018 03:06 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th July 2018 08:16 PM   |  A+A-

Ambulances wait at the entrance of the Tham Luang Caves in Thailand (File | AP)


MAE SAI: The second phase of the operation to extricate nine members of a Thai youth football team from a flooded cave began Monday and was expected to yield "good news" within hours, the chief of the rescue mission told reporters.

According to The Guardian, two ambulances were seen leaving the site, probably carrying the sixth and seventh rescued boy and an eighth is on the way.

According to media reports, the operation has come to a halt, for the day.

One of two ambulances with flashing lights leaves the cave rescue area in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai (File | AP)

The dive team, led by international experts, returned to the cave mid-morning Monday -- earlier than expected -- aiming to bring out more from the group of boys and their coach, who became trapped in the Tham Luang cave complex on June 23.

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Four of the 13 were rescued Sunday, but authorities have not yet identified them publicly and details of their condition remain sparse. 

WATCH HERE | Trapped boys emerge from Thai caves

"All the equipment is ready. Oxygen bottles are ready... in next few hours we will have good news," Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters, after announcing the second phase of the rescue bid had begun.

They (the four) are well and happy. This morning they complained that they are hungry and they asked for fried basil with rice," he added in front of global media.

But they will be "kept away" from physical contact with their parents until the risk of infection is over, he said, adding doctors will decide on family visits "at a distance or through glass".

Narongsak defended the lack of public disclosure of the names of the boys who had already been guided to safety, saying it "will create ill feeling" if their names are released while others languish inside the cave.
He also urged the media to behave respectfully. More than 1,000 journalists from across the world have descended on northern Thailand to report the story.

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  • hariharan hariharan

    We can't forget Modi's courage to send Naval experts to rescue the trapped children. Modi claimed that he is not an iced Manmohan Singh during a critical situation.
    1 year ago reply
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