Offbeat Tears flow as Thai boys and parents see each other for first time since cave rescue

01:06  12 july  2018
01:06  12 july  2018 Source:   latimes.com

Thai soccer team rescue: Former Navy diver dies while exiting flooded caves

  Thai soccer team rescue: Former Navy diver dies while exiting flooded caves A former Thai Navy diver who joined the operation to rescue 12 boys and their coach from a cave in northern Thailand has died, according to a Thai Navy source. The former SEAL died at 2:00 a.m. Friday due to a lack of air while attempting to return to a command center, located two kilometers (1.2 miles) inside the cave, where the young soccer and team and their coach have been trapped for almost two weeks. A huge operation is underway at the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex, where dozens of Thai Navy SEALs and international experts are attempting to find a way to get the boys out.

Rescuers pulled four more team members from a flooded cave complex in Thailand on Monday, in a daring rescue that continued to defy the odds, bringing to eight the The boys ’ parents had written to them earlier. The letters, carried by divers making six-hour trips in each direction, are the first direct

Go here to see maps and diagrams of how the rescue is unfolding. When two British divers first reached a trapped boys ’ soccer team in a flooded cave in Thailand on Monday, they may have And this isn’t the first time they’ve been flown to another country for a cave - rescue mission.

Local government workers use a laptop to project newly released video footage of the 12 resued 'Wild Boars' by Thai government public relations department (PRD) during a press conference in Mae Sai in Chiang Rai district on July 11, 2018. - The 12 boys rescued from a Thai cave were sedated and passed on stretchers along the twisting, narrow passageways of the Tham Luang complex, a rescuer said on July 11 as the first footage emerged of an astonishing mission that has captivated the world. (Photo by YE AUNG THU / AFP)        (Photo credit should read YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images) Local government workers use a laptop to project newly released video footage of the 12 resued 'Wild Boars' by Thai government public relations department (PRD) during a press conference in Mae Sai in Chiang Rai district on July 11, 2018. - The 12 boys rescued from a Thai cave were sedated and passed on stretchers along the twisting, narrow passageways of the Tham Luang complex, a rescuer said on July 11 as the first footage emerged of an astonishing mission that has captivated the world. (Photo by YE AUNG THU / AFP) (Photo credit should read YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images) July 11--CHIANG RAI, Thailand -- Thai authorities aired the first footage Wednesday of the Thai boys rescued with their coach after being stranded in a flooded cave complex for days, in a tightly controlled event designed to protect the children from media attention and showcase pristine hospital facilities.

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An elite team of 18 Thai and international divers supported by at least 80 other rescue workers entered the cave at about 11am (0500 BST) on Monday, managing to send the last of the four boys to hospital by 8pm, two hours faster than the operation on Sunday that freed the first four children.

Thailand cave rescue . Image copyright Thai government public relations department. But several sources have since confirmed that the boys were only partially conscious as they were brought out. Cave rescue : Thai boys and parents send letters of love and reassurance.

The boys, rescued in three groups from the Tham Luang Nang Non caves in northern Thailand, were in good health mentally and physically, according to doctors, with only one showing signs of a lung infection. They had lost weight -- an average of 4 1/2 pounds each -- but were hungry and largely unharmed from their ordeal.

Another boy who earlier showed signs of a lung infection has recovered, doctors said.

Video showed the boys wearing masks while resting in beds in Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital in the city of Chiang Rai near the rescue site. Several flashed a victory sign.

Some parents wept as they gazed excitedly at their children through a window looking onto the hospital, some waving. All wore yellow shirts in celebration of the birth month of Thailand's King Rama X.

Thailand's cave boys to be discharged from hospital next week

  Thailand's cave boys to be discharged from hospital next week Twelve Thai boys rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand will be discharged from hospital next week, health minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn said on Saturday. © REUTERS TV A screen grab shows boys rescued from the Thai cave wearing mask and resting in a hospital in Chiang Rai The last group of the 12-member "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach was brought out of the Tham Luang cave, near the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday night, safely ending a dangerous rescue and evoking international relief and joy.

Cave rescue as it happened. Rescue story in pictures. Who are the Thai boys ? All the 13 Wild Boars are now out of the cave ." What next for the boys ? The first eight boys to be rescued - on Sunday Cave rescue : Thai boys and parents send letters of love and reassurance. 7 July 2018.

| MAE SAI, Thailand . Raw footage shows the first members of the Thai boys ' soccer team being saved from the flooded cave they've been in for two weeks. Thirteen foreign divers and five Thai divers were leading the rescue , with each boy accompanied by two divers, officials said.

Some families were allowed in the ward, although they had to remain six feet from the boys and no hugging was allowed, doctors said.

Rear Admiral Apakorn Youkongkaew, chief of the Thai Navy SEALS, said there had been no choice but to bring the group out of the cave swiftly, because oxygen levels were depleting rapidly and they would not have survived much longer.

The boys, ages 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach, Ekapol Chantawong, were fitted with diving suits and face masks before being ferried from the cavern by divers. "They just stayed still and breathed as they were being carried out," he said.

The youths were sedated to keep them calm and placed on stretchers when they emerged from the water into Chamber 3, the site of the underground command center where the stretchers were passed from hand to hand along a line of more than 100 rescuers. He said some actually fell asleep while on the stretchers.

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The first two boys were extracted from the cave around 5:40 p.m. local time Sunday with the help of divers. Four boys have been confirmed rescued from the cave in northern Thailand where they have been trapped for two weeks. The rest of the Thai soccer team and their

What the boys said to rescuers . See moment divers reach teens trapped in cave . Thai rescuers needed more than a simple walkie-talkie to communicate with each other as they made their way through the Tham Luang Nang Non cave system.

In a dramatic twist, a water pump failed just hours after the rescue operation ended and just as heavy monsoon-driven rains closed in, underscoring the precarious and time-sensitive nature of the operation. Youkongkaew said the scene was reminiscent of a movie. "But this one has a happy ending," he added.

Narongsak Osatanakorn, who headed the rescue operation and came to be seen as a hero by some, did not lay blame for the boys' misadventure or for the costly international rescue effort.

"Some say they are heroes and some say they are villains. In our eyes, we only see them as kids who just wanted to have some fun and then an accident happened," he said. "Personally, I wholeheartedly believe that they will grow up to be good citizens, because everybody knows them now and everybody will expect them to be."

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The young soccer player and their coach went missing June 23 while exploring the Tham Luang Nang Non caves after practice. They were located nine days later by two British divers. By Tuesday, all had been extracted from the caves. All the while, Osatanakorn said he never gave up hope

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Very happy to see all Thai people love each other .” Other hashtags included #Heroes and #Thankyou. “You are our heroes!” wrote some, captioning cartoons showing the boys and their coach with dozens of rescue workers, volunteers and military personnel.

Thai cave rescue : Parents heartbroken - it’s too dangerous to go near their children. The parents were spotted waving from the other side of the glass isolation unit, where the Thai boys remain quarantined in Chiang Rai city.

"I always believed they were alive," he said.

The rescue operation involved 922 police officers, 10 helicopters and seven ambulances, officials said. Ninety seven foreigners, including expert cave divers, engineers, rescue experts and military personnel took part.

At times, the boys were harnessed to ropes and drawn across steep caverns to spare them from climbing up and down jagged crevices and were floated across pools of water in other chambers. In one flooded tunnel, the boys had to be submerged to get through the passage, rescue specialist Derek Anderson told the Associated Press. Before the operation began, rescuers practiced the techniques with children in a local swimming pool, he said.

Three of the boys and their coach are ethnic minorities and stateless, having fled from Myanmar to Thailand, where such immigrants often face poverty and discrimination.

Asked if some would be granted Thai citizenship, Osatanakorn answered briefly: "It will proceed according to the law. If they are eligible under the law, then they will be given Thai citizenship."

He said the Tham Luang Nang Non cave system, with its gaping entrance lined by stalactites, will be turned into a museum.

"It will attract tourists from around the world to Mae Sai and will be a learning center for children and also divers around the world."

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After the initial rescue , parents were not told which of the boys were among the first brought out of the cave . Divers had earlier fixed a cable and lights to enable rescuers to find their way. The rescued boys wore full face masks and each was escorted by two divers, one of whom held a boy underneath

The soccer coach trapped in a cave with 12 Thai boys apologized to their parents in the first letter he and the team have sent out through divers, in which the boys say Experienced cave rescue experts consider an underwater escape a last resort, especially with people untrained in diving, as the boys are.

He said Thailand would also create a database drawn from the experience that could be used if there's a similar crisis in the future.

After a happy ending that captivated the world, rescuers and volunteers began leaving the site, including Thawatchai Fuengkachorn, who led a pumping team with four gigantic "Naga" pumps normally used in the shrimp farming industry, according to local media outlet Khaosod English. The pump company volunteered its services for 12 days, working 24 hours a day without demanding payment.

Also departing was Dr. Richard Harris, a cave-diving and rescue expert from Australia who swam to the caves daily during the rescue, checking the condition of the boys and the coach before finally clearing them to be extracted from the cave.

But it was the boys and their coach, not medical experts, who decided what order the boys should leave the cave, according to officials.

10:50 a.m.: This article was updated with Los Angeles Times staff reports.

This article was originally published at 7:40 a.m .

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Trump: US 'working very closely' with Thailand to rescue children .
President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday morning that the US is working with the Thai government to rescue children trapped in a flooded cave. "The U.S. is working very closely with the Government of Thailand to help get all of the children out of the cave and to safety. Very brave and talented people!" Trump tweeted.As Trump tweeted, images and reports were coming in of the rescue operation underway, including the news that some boys had been evacuated successfully from the cave in northern Thailand. The 12 boys, all members of a soccer team, and their coach went missing last month.

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