Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Thai cave rescue operation over, all 13 recovered after 17 days

Thai cave rescue operation over, all 13 recovered after 17 days

Dr Andrew Pearce talks about his colleague, doctor Richard "Harry" Harris, who helped with the rescue of the trapped boys in Thailand.

Thailand has been riveted by the dramatic rescue mission to save the "Wild Boars" team after they first got trapped in Tham Luang more than two weeks ago by rising floodwaters.

"We would be honoured to welcome the team from the Wild Boars Football Club and their rescuers to Old Trafford this coming season".

The eight boys brought out on Sunday and Monday were in good health overall and some asked for chocolate bread for breakfast, officials said. "All 4 Thai Navy SEALs came out safely", they wrote.

The Guardian reported on Tuesday afternoon local time that a ninth and 10th boy had been pulled from the cave.

Federation Internationale de Football Association expressed "profound gratitude to all persons involved in the rescue operation", and condolences for the family of the Thai Navy SEAL diver who died.

Overnight, the final four boys were brought out, along with their coach. The first and longest mission took 11 hours.

Eight of the trapped boys had been brought out of the cave by divers on Sunday and Monday.

However, another official, Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong, inspector general of the public health ministry, said initial blood tests "showed signs of infection".

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Rescue workers wearing protection suits wait for some of the rescued schoolboys at military airport in Chiang Rai on Monday. The final group of four boys and their 25-year-old coach were brought out Tuesday.

Two of the boys are thought to have lung infections, but there are no serious complaints to report. "Everyone is in high spirits and is happy to get out. It's called anxiolytic, something to make them not excited, not stressed".

"We have more expertise than yesterday", he said.

Seven divers in the rescue team were from the United Kingdom, including Rick Stanton and John Volanthen, who were the first to reach the group last week.

Four ambulances and a convoy of other vehicles arrived at the cave site Tuesday morning as rains hit the region.

However, scattered monsoon rains continued to risk percolating through the limestone cave walls to flood the tunnels with fast-flowing water.

"Moreover, based on extensive cave video review and discussion with several divers who know journey, SpaceX engineering is absolutely certain that mini-sub can do entire journey & demonstrate at any time", Musk added.

Narongsak said he was grateful for Musk's support but the equipment was impractical for the rescue mission. Musk appeared to deliver the submarine to the rescuers in Thailand, tweeting that he would leave it "here in case it may be useful in the future", adding, "Thailand is so attractive".

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