Ambulance Leaves Thai Cave on 2nd Day of Rescue Operation

Ambulance Leaves Thai Cave on 2nd Day of Rescue Operation

"All five will be brought out at the same time today", said the head of the rescue mission, Narongsak Osottanakornon, on Tuesday.

Officials lavished praise on the Thai and global divers who executed the unsafe rescue mission, guiding boys who can barely swim and have no diving experience through a treacherous 4-kilometer-long (2 1/2-mile) escape route that twisted and turned and rose and fell inside the mountain cave complex.

Boys from the soccer team trapped inside Tham Luang cave covered in hypothermia blankets July 3 video by Thai Navy Seal.

Four other youngsters and their soccer coach are still inside.

In a briefing just before noon, local time, mission chief Narongsak Osotanakorn - who has become the global face of the rescue effort - said 19 divers (up from 18 on Sunday and Monday) would participate in the final push to bring the unprecedented operation to its conclusion. Anyone not essential to the mission had been ordered out of the cave, he added.

Five people remain trapped in the cave, and according to the New York Times, the plan is to rescue them on Tuesday. Public health officials would decide on Tuesday whether the second batch could see their families. Relatives were able to see them through a glass partition, Narongsak said. "If the lab results are negative - no infection or any disease - they can visit but they have to wear [medical] gown, face mask and hair cap". No boys would be discharged for at least seven days.

Rescue teams have already extracted eight Thai boys from the cave, and all are recovering from their ordeal in hospital and said to be in good health.

The eight boys brought out by divers over the previous two days are in "high spirits", a senior health official said. "Today they are really catching a break from the weather" of the rainy season, Tracy said.

'The equipment they brought to help us is not practical with our mission'.

Four were rescued Sunday and another four were rescued on Monday.

Headcam footage shows the treacherous path the rescuers must navigate in order to retrieve the stranded school boys and their coach. They talk normally. No fever. The second group is still eating "medical food".

A team of more than 30 American military personnel from the US Pacific Command arrive and are joined by three British diving experts who start to probe the cave.

Two boys and their 25-year-old coach remain in the cave.

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The ups and downs of the rescue bid have entranced Thailand and also fixated a global audience, drawing support from celebrities as varied as US President Donald Trump, football star Lionel Messi and tech guru Elon Musk.

Rescuers navigating a perilous 2.5 mile stretch of narrow, flooded tunnels have saved eight of the 13 members of a soccer team trapped in a Thai cave. Highlighting the extreme dangers, a former Thai Navy SEAL died Friday while replenishing the oxygen canisters laid along the route.