Boys And Coach On Soccer Team Stuck In Thai Cave Have All Been Rescued On 10th Of July 2018

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We here in the USA and the world are all praying that the 12 boys and their soccer team coach will be rescued from the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand, where they have been stuck for days. The rescue mission is one of peril where one naval seal diver has lost his life in a rescue attempt. But now four boys and then as per differing news reports, 4 more team members (8) have seen the light of day. It takes experienced divers in teams of two, 4-5 hours to save one team member.

UPDATE: On the 10th of July 2018: All 12 boys and their coach have been rescued. They all have one grand story to tell. Let’s hope that all is well with them, health-wise.

See: Thai cave rescue: All boys from Thailand soccer team out of cave/ CBS …

See: Thai Cave Rescue: All 12 Boys And Their Coach Are Rescued/ NPR 

Here’s the rest of the story…

On July 8, 2018, Duncan Forgan of NBC News penned the following report, “First boys emerge from Thailand cave as rescue mission enters final act” (“Today is D-Day,” Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue mission, told reporters.”)

Excerpts:

“Four boys emerged from the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand on Sunday just hours after a squad of elite divers entered to rescue the soccer team who’ve been trapped for more than two weeks, signaling the final act of a saga that has gripped the world.”

“Two ambulances were seen leaving the complex around the cave. The ambulances drove to a nearby helipad, and a helicopter was seen taking off.”

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“The Thai Navy Seals later confirmed on their Facebook page that at least 4 boys had been rescued.”

“Expert divers from Thailand and around the world are now proceeding through the waterlogged passageways of the labyrinthine cave network to evacuate the remaining eight members of the Wild Boar soccer team and their coach in an operation dubbed “D-Day” by Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osottanakorn, the head of the rescue mission.”

“Divers will work with doctors in the cave to examine each the kids’ health to determine who should get to come out first,” Narongsak said in the morning.”

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“As they emerged from the entrance to the cave, the boys and their coach were being whisked to Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital, about 35 miles away.”

“The 8th floor of the hospital was reserved for the soccer team, the coach and their families — who have maintained a patient vigil by the entrance to the cave while the boys have been underground.”

“Divers paired up to bring the boys out one by one, with officials warning the entire rescue effort could take days.”

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“Some of the children are poor swimmers, and the 3 mile journey out of the cave from the chamber they are trapped in takes even experienced Navy SEALs divers as long as five or six hours to complete.”

“There’s no time limit on the operation,” said the governor. “It depends on the weather. It depends on the water levels. If something changes we’ll stop. But I expect the operation to finish in the next couple of days.”

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TRAPPED BUT RESILIENT

“The 12 boys — aged between 11 and 16 — entered the massive cave complex on the frontier of Thailand and Myanmar with their 25-year-old coach on June 23. The group became stranded after torrential monsoon rains caused the system to flood and were missing for nine days before being discovered by two British divers.”

“The resilience of the boys and their coach captured the imagination of a global audience. Before their discovery, they subsisted by licking drops of water off the cave wall.”

“The mood lifted after the team was found, but elation at their discovery quickly turned to fear as authorities mulled over several rescue options — all of them fraught with danger.”

“A daredevil swoop for the team through holes drilled in the ceiling of the chamber was considered. So too was the alternative of keeping the boys and their coach in the cave supplied with provisions until the waters receded.”

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“Elon Musk even got in the act, sending Space X and Boring Company engineers to Thailand to explore ways to help and offering to build a “kid sized submarine” to rescue the teens.”

“Eventually authorities went with what they deemed to be their most logical option.”

“Throughout the drama of the last few days, the group have remained resolute. A series of letters sent out through divers Saturday expressed love to their families, a desire for tasty food and hope that they would survive the ordeal and be out soon.”

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ANTICIPATION BUILDING

“The atmosphere was charged with excitement even before the governor made public the decision to act.”

“In Mae Sai, the town closest to the cave, locals too were cautiously hopeful about the possibility that the boys and their coach may soon be back above ground.”

“It seems positive,” said one shopkeeper at the local market. “It’s been awful for the boys and their families and everybody in this community is desperate to see them safe and sound.”

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“The rescue mission was announced on what was otherwise just another gloomy, wet rainy season morning with brooding clouds spitting steady showers.”

“Weather had always been the key factor in when the rescue bid was launched. A window of relatively dry conditions closed in a deluge of downpours on Saturday evening, and with more heavy rain forecast for the next few days authorities decided they could not afford to wait any longer.”

“We have reached peak readiness,” continued the governor. “The meaning of readiness is… perfect weather, water and the kids’ readiness, physical and mentally.”

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“Optimism was high that the divers can successfully complete their mission and get the boys and their coach out of the cave unscathed. Water levels inside the cave had dropped 30cm since Saturday, meaning that long stretches of the route to the entrance are now walk-able.”

“The boys and their coach, meanwhile, are said to be mentally prepared to tackle the fraught journey through the tunnels.”

“Their health and their minds are ready and they have knowledge of the mission,” added Narongsak. “They’re ready to come out.”

“It will be an arduous operation, but the rescue teams are prepared.”

“Finding the boys doesn’t mean we’ve finished our mission. It is only a small battle we’ve won, but the war has not ended,” said Narongsak.”

“The war ends when we win all 3 battles — the battles to search, rescue and send them home.”

5 comments

  1. Gronda, excellent news. Sometimes it takes a crisis like this to bring people together. The deliberations over the best option have been encouraging and I pray that it will be successful for each person. Keith

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