Thai cave rescue operation ends: Entire soccer team with coach safe

Bangkok, July 10:ALL 12 boys from the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach have been rescued from the Tham Luang cave complex system in Chiang Rai region  in the country’s remote north.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said he hoped the Wild Boars team, who were stranded by rising floodwaters , would be rescued in time to watch the World Cup 2018 final in Moscow on July 15. But the boys will miss the FIFA World Cup 2018 .The boys will remain in Hospital for a week.

Today’s rescue mission began at 10.08 this morning (local time), with 19 divers going in.

Despite the heavy rain overnight, conditions in the cave haven’t changed much.

Eight of the boys have been taken out of the Tham Luang cave complex system in Chiang Rai region during the first two days of rescue operations.

Rescuers had moved relatively quickly in order to take advantage of good weather, but heavy downpours early Tuesday could complicate their efforts.

Former Chiang Rai governor and rescue mission commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn said on Monday night that it would take 20 hours to prepare for the third operation, but he cautioned timings could change depending on weather and water levels.

The eight boys who have left the cave are being treated in an isolation ward in Chiang Rai hospital.

Doctors have said they will spend at least seven days in hospital being treated after their ordeal.

According to a preliminary health check on the first four boys conducted yesterday, two had minor lung infections and one had a fever, doctors said.

Doctors are monitoring them for illnesses they may have picked up in the cave.

The boys were on a trip exploring caves  and on June 23 with their coach  they got trapped inside by heavy seasonal rains.

After they were found on July 2, officials cautioned it could take some time to get them out, but authorities decided to act with heavy rains forecast to hit the region.

The cave complex is regularly flooded during the monsoon season which lasts until September or October.

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