Eleven boys among the kid footballers are now believed to have been rescued from the flooded cave in Thailand after more ambulances were seen leaving the scene today.
Reports came in from witnesses near by seeing three more stretchers leaving the scene suggesting three more boys have successfully been brought out of the cave complex in Chiang Rai.
Rescuers have said they hoped all remaining boys and their 25-year-old football coach will be freed today. The Thai boys were filmed with Navy Seals inside the cave before the rescue mission
The eight boys already rescued on Sunday and Monday are in ‘high spirits’, a senior health official said earlier. Two of the eight boys now being monitored in hospital may have contracted a lung infection after spending more than two weeks in the flooded cave, medics said. Jesada Chokdumrongsuk, deputy director-general of the Public Health Ministry, said the first four boys rescued, aged 12 to 16, are now able to eat normal food and have been ‘feasting on bread and chocolate’.
All eight of the boys are generally ‘healthy and smiling’, he added.
The kids are footballers so they have high immune systems,’ Mr Jesada said. ‘Everyone is in high spirits and are happy to get out. But we will have a psychiatrist to evaluate them.’ It could be at least seven days before they can be released from hospital, he told told a news conference.
The second group of four boys rescued yesterday are aged 12 to 14, he confirmed, meaning the youngest member of the team remains trapped 800M underground. Royal Thai Navy divers in Tham Long cave during the rescue operations Boys from the under-16 soccer team have been trapped with depleting oxygen levels for more than two weeks Divers said they hoped the remaining boys and their coach will be rescued today Rescuers say 11-year-old Chanin Wiboonrungruang, whose nickname is Titan, will be rescued alongside his three remaining teammates and their 25-year-old football coach today.
The mission began at 10am local time on Tuesday – 4am in the UK. Yesterday officials reportedly said coach Ekaphol Chantawong – nicknamed Ake – could spend the night alone if the mission to rescue another four boys works as in previous days. The boys are weak and ravenously hungry, Thailand’s public health chief revealed, but have been laughing and joking.Thailand coach apologizes to families of boys stuck in cave.In a letter to their parents, Ake apologized for taking the boys into the cave network, but several replied to say they did not blame him. ‘I promise I will take care of the kids as best as I can,’ Ake wrote.
Some media reports suggest when the group was found Ake was weakest, having refused to eat any of the food they had brought with them, giving it instead to the boys. Earlier today, SpaceX founder Elon Musk visited the cave after building a ‘kid-sized submarine’ for the rescue mission.
Officials said they were thankful to Musk for his help but said there was no chance of using the mini sub to rescue the remaining boys.