Thai cave rescue operation: Day 3 as it happens

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CHIANG RAI: An operation to rescue the remaining five people from the Tham Luang cave complex in northern Thailand resumed on Tuesday (Jul 10), following the successful evacuation of four more boys on Monday.

Monday’s operation brought the total number of those rescued to eight, leaving four more boys and their football coach still trapped in the cave complex, where they have been stranded since Jun 23. 

Those still in the cave are in good condition, according to a doctor. 

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2.05pm: “We will celebrate together finally,” the Thai SEAL unit’s latest Facebook post says, adding that today’s operation will take longer than the previous ones.

1.55pm: One of the rescued boys had an irregular heartbeat and low body temperature, but he is now in better shape. 

12.45pm: Rescue mission chief Narongsak Osottanakorn is briefing the media; echoes some of what was said by the health official in an earlier media conference at the hospital in Chiang Rai. He said some of the boys asked for chocolate bread as they recovered in hospital. 

Narongsak added that the operation to extract the remaining five people trapped inside Tham Luang began at around 10am with 19 divers involved.

“Water levels are the same like the last two days,” said Narongsak, who added that he was confident that the five people remaining inside the cave could come out “quicker or at least as quick as yesterday”. 

“We plan to bring out four boys and coach,” he said, adding a doctor and three Thai Navy SEALS who have stayed with the group since they were found more than a week ago will also leave the cave today.

Narongsak Jul 10 Thai Cave Rescue

Thai cave rescue mission chief Narongsak briefs the media on Jul 10, 2018.

12pm: Meanwhile, it’s still raining around the Tham Luang cave complex. Authorities have been worried about rain affecting water levels in the cave and hampering rescue efforts.

A closer look at the pall overhead. Storms are forecast for today and the rest of the week.

Rainy skies over Tham Luang

Gloomy skies Tham Luang on Tuesday (Jul 10). (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

11.45am: The boys in hospital are aged 12-14 – among the youngest in the group, says the Public Health Permanent Secretary at a presser.

We now know that their first words in hospital were “We miss home” and “We’re happy”.

And no, they will not be going to the World Cup final on Sunday, despite FIFA’s invitation.

Health official Jessada Chiang Rai hospital

General of the Public Health Ministry, Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong (L), Dr Jessada Chokdamrongsuk (C) and director of Chiang Rai Hospital, Dr Chaiwet Thanapaisan (R), attend a press conference at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on Jul 10, 2018.

11.40am: The eight rescued boys are expected to stay in hospital for at least a week. They chatted and laughed with the Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha when he visited them yesterday. Four of them got to see their parents, though they were separated by glass windows, the health official says.

11.30am: JUST IN: Two of the first four boys evacuated from the cave are suspected to have pneumonia, says a Thai health official. All of the four had low temperatures, he tells reporters at the Chiang Rai hospital.

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9am: Elon Musk also posted a video of conditions inside the cave.

8.15am: Meanwhile, American space entrepreneur Elon Musk has arrived at the flooded cave, with his prototype mini-sub in tow. 

He says the “tiny, kid-size submarine” is light enough to be carried by two divers, robust, and small enough to get through narrow gaps.

READ: Elon Musk proposes mini-submarine to save Thai cave boys

8.10am: It rained overnight in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district. Authorities said yesterday that the rain did not affect the water levels in the cave during the second leg of the rescue. But here’s hoping the skies hold up for the evacuation of the remaining five people from the Moo Pa football team.

A recap of the challenging conditions rescuers and those trapped face:

The boys and their coach have to navigate narrow passages and mud-clogged water with almost zero visibility to get out of the cave complex.

READ: ‘Daddy and mummy long to see your face’: Letters from parents to Thai boys trapped in cave

8am: Here’s a look at who the 12 Thai boys and their coach are:

READ: Day 2 of the rescue operation: As it happened

READ MORE | Full coverage of the search and rescue operation:
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