Rescuers Free 11th Boy From Thai Cave; 1 Boy And 1 Coach Remain

Rescuers have freed three more members of the Wild Boars soccer team from the Tham Luang cave complex in northern Thailand as the rescue operation continued for its third day, CNN reported Tuesday. One boy and the team’s coach remain trapped inside as divers rush to finish the operation before heavy rains expected this week flood the rest of the cave. The boys have joined their teammates in a nearby hospital, where they are being quarantined ahead of being released to their families.

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Rain overnight had raised fears of delays, but rescuers have again recovered the boys more quickly than anticipated. Former Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn, who was charged with supervising the rescue, said that the 19 divers working on the rescue team went back into the cave Tuesday morning to retrieve the remaining boys and their coach. The diving team is being led by a group of Thai Navy SEALs.

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A doctor and three Thai Navy SEALs who have been examining members of the team inside the cave will also come out. Meanwhile, health officials said the boys who have been rescued are generally health and recovering, according to Buzzfeed.

“All eight rescued boys today are in good health, none have a fever,” Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, permanent secretary of Thailand’s ministry of public health, told reporters Tuesday. “Everyone is in high spirits and are happy to get out.”

The first four boys who were rescued on Sunday are now able to eat solid food, doctors said. And they have been able to see their family members through a transparent barrier. At least one of the boys appeared to have a lung infection and another was admitted with a slowed heart rate, he said, but both have improved. While the eight boys who have been thoroughly examined by doctors already are said to be “in good health”, they have all exhibited signs of infection, which means they’ll likely remain hospitalized for at least a week.

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The boys went missing on June 23, and have spent two weeks deep underground in a cramped dark cave with limited oxygen.

Meanwhile, after tweeting video of his kid-sized “mini-sub” yesterday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk traveled to the rescue site to offer help in person, supposedly on his way to China where he hopes to procure either more funds or get permission to build a Tesla factory. The rescue team had everything under control and politely declined his help, but he left them the sub… just in case.

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