Rescue operation to extract a soccer team trapped inside a cave in Thailand still ongoing

In case you missed it, on June 23, twelve soccer players aged 11 to 16 along with their 25-year-old coach explored the Tham Luang Nan Non caves in Chiang Rai province of northern Thailand. Unfortunately, due to heavy seasonal rains in the area, they were left trapped inside the cave.

A week after, on the morning of July 2, Sky News reported that four boys were safely rescued, with nine people still trapped underground. Moreover, later in the afternoon, CNN broadcasted that another four boys were extracted from the cave. Based on the report of Newsner, the eight boys are  now recovering in hospital and are said to be “healthy.”

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Right after the two successful operations  Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha visited the survivors and spoke to relatives and hospital workers. As a matter of fact, he gave support to the families of the rescued boys. Also, he thanked the hospital staff for taking care of the Wild Boar soccer team members who are now at the Chiang Rai Prachanookroh hospital.

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Meanwhile, five Thai Navy Seals and 13 foreign divers joined the rescue team and now among a team of 90 divers involved in the rescue effort overall. Amidst the heavy rain in the area,  still, the team appears not to have significantly slowed its progress. Instead, they are now more determined to retrieve the body of other survivors.

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So far, the operation proceeded much faster than expected. Thanks to the walkable water level in the cave which launched in the area. As of writing, the rescue operation is still ongoing. Nevertheless, we are all hoping that everyone who is still inside the cave will be able to go out safely as soon as possible!

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