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Thailand Boys Rescued From Flooded Cave

Emily Suvannasankha, Intern, Asia

July 13, 2018

Twelve boys on a youth soccer team and their coach were successfully rescued after being stuck in a flooded cave in Thailand for 17 days (AP). Thai Navy Seals guided the boys through the narrow Tham Luang cave complex in pairs with ropes and oxygen tanks (Straits Times). The divers saved eight of the boys on Sunday and Monday, rescuing the final four boys and coach on Tuesday (AP). The high-risk rescue mission claimed the life of former Thai Seal Saman Kunan (Straits Times).

The boys spent nine days in darkness before two British divers located the team on a dry patch 4 kilometers from the entrance (Japan Times). Rescue chief Narongsak Osotthanakorn stated that a doctor and three Thai Navy Seals stayed with the players for days in the flooded cave (Bangkok Post). Rescuers took the boys to Chiang Rai hospital, where hospital director Chaiwetch Thanapaisal says they will stay for up to 10 days (Reuters). Thai Public Health Ministry secretary Jedsada Chokdumrongsuk reports that “[the boys are] in high spirits and are happy to get out” (Bangkok Post).









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