A Thai Navy SEAL force announced that the remaining four boys and the coach were rescued on Tuesday.
Thailand cave rescue: how did the boys get out? Former Chiang Rai provincial governor Narongsak Osatanakorn, who has been managing the rescue efforts, told a rowdy crowd in the city that the success of the mission was attributable to "the power of love". Each team member has to spend time in isolation for fear of spreading infection; health officials expect all of them to be in the hospital for at least a week.
The Seals said they are still waiting for a medic and three navy Seals who stayed with the boys to emerge from the cave.
A spokesperson from the Thai public health authority said that they were in "high spirits" and also claimed that as they are football players, they have high immune systems. The phrase, a battle cheer that the elite SEAL unit adopted from the U.S. Navy, has become an worldwide hashtag used by people to show their support and gratitude to those involved in the rescue mission.
He said that a second rescue operation was planned for 10-20 hours" later, as the team had "used all the oxygen', which would need replenishing before they could resume. The boys who were initially rescued asked for basil fried rice, but doctors are instead feeding them soft foods like Congee, a Chinese rice porridge. He said the efforts on Tuesday began just after 10 in the morning local time and involved 19 divers.
Just before 1pm United Kingdom time, it was announced that all 12 boys and their coach were safe.
Four people were then rescued from the caves in the first rescue stage, before being taken straight to hospital. The rescue team will assess the first two missions and adjust their plans based on the weather and other factors. "If I see him, I just want to hug him and tell him that I missed him very much", she said.
Jesada said the group had been given x-rays and blood tests, adding that two presented suspected symptoms of pneumonia but were given antibiotics and were "in a normal state".
Rescue workers walk along the main road leading to Tham Luang Nang Non cave as the first 2 ambulances carrying 2 boys pass by. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected".
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