After more than two weeks trapped inside a dark cave in northern Thailand, all 12 members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach have been rescued.
There was no immediate update on the health of the remaining five who emerged from the cave on Tuesday, but Thai Navy SEALS said they were "safe". A team of Thai and worldwide divers extracted eight of the boys Sunday and Monday using a complex system that involved laying out oxygen canisters at regular intervals to guide them out of the flooded cave.
He was taken by helicopter and then ambulance to the hospital in Chiang Rai were the first four boys, who were rescued on Sunday, are now being held in quarantine as they undergo tests. He added that all of them were generally healthy and in good spirits, thanks to their "high immunity" from playing football. Rain fell periodically throughout the three days of extractions, but pumping efforts were so successful that the amount of time the boys spent underwater was minimized, officials said.
They're under quarantine because of risk of infection.
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Narongsak said, "We expect that if there is no unusual condition. the 4 boys, 1 coach, the doctor, and 3 SEALs who have been with the boys since first day will come out today". The boys and their coach have to spend time in isolation to protect against the spread of any possible infections they may have contracted while in the cave.
Here is how what the rescue chief called "Mission Impossible" unfolded over 72 hours as Thailand and much of the world anxiously awaited news of the boys' fate.
All 12 boys and their soccer coach have been rescued from a Thai cave complex after a two-week ordeal that gripped the world.
Earlier evacuation plans had considered keeping the boys where they were found until the water levels lowered at the end of the rainy season.
If medical tests show no dangers after another two days, parents will be able to enter the isolation area dressed in sterilized clothing, staying two meters (yards) away from the boys, said another public health official, Tosthep Bunthong. "Such a lovely moment - all freed, great job!"
"Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected".
They are part of a youth soccer team known as the Wild Boars.
Four boys and their soccer coach remain in the cave.