Thailand – Four More Boys Rescued in Second Mission Bringing the Total to Eight, Five Remain to be Saved…

Four more Thai schoolboys have been rescued from the underwater cave complex in Northern Thailand during the second mission.  This brings the total rescued to eight so far with four remaining and one adult; their soccer coach.

CHIANG RAI, Thailand (Reuters) – Eight of the 12 boys trapped with their soccer coach in a labyrinthine flooded cave complex in northern Thailand have been freed, authorities said on Monday, adding that the time for rescuing the others will depend on the weather.

The mission which started Sunday is a race against the clock with heavy rain expected this week which would again flood the tunnels with fast-flowing, rising water.

A crack team of foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALS guided four boys on Sunday and a further four on Monday through narrow, submerged channels from the muddy bank deep inside the Tham Luang cave where they had been stranded for more than two weeks.

“All four boys have arrived at hospital, all are safe,” Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue mission, told reporters of those freed on Monday.

Asked whether the remaining four “Wild Boars” team and their coach would come out at the same time in the next rescue effort, he said: “It depends on the plan… We have set the plan for four people so if they want to take five out (at the same time), then they need to change the plan.”

The operation on Monday went more smoothly than on Sunday and took two hours less as the practice became more refined, he said.

But he added rescuers may need more than 20 hours, to replan and replenish oxygen supplies, to be ready to mount the next mission.  (read more)

Thailand’s Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda revealed the same divers who rescued the four boys were conducting subsequent operations because of their knowledge of the terrain.  (more here)

Graphic of Rescue Process Available HERE

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69 Responses to Thailand – Four More Boys Rescued in Second Mission Bringing the Total to Eight, Five Remain to be Saved…

  1. MfM says:

    This makes perfect sense “The same divers who rescued the four boys were conducting subsequent operations because of their knowledge of the terrain.”

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    • MfM says:

      Likely they have the cave system in their brain. The other good thing is they are more likely to notice changes like currents changing, water level or amount of muck that would cause problems in future dives.

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      • AmericaFirst says:

        Extra prayers required. Unimaginable how exhausted they must be, and at least one, possibly two more similar treks in front of them. They do all this, knowing that they have already lost a colleague and that they are risking their lives.

        True heroes.

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  2. Bruce Gee says:

    It was reported that the coach was one of the first ones taken out, because his physical condition was the worst. It was said he gave all of what food and water he had to the boys, so was the most undernourished. So, just boys left to extricate.

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    • MfM says:

      I’ve heard that also… although not officially. If that is true they are being a bit caggy. I’m sure it wasn’t his choice but he was convinced into it.

      If he was sick, weak and not in good shape getting him out reduced their problems because he would have needed more medical attention and other support.

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      • MfM says:

        The first day there were reports of five or six rescued… and then the official report was that four boys were rescued.

        If the coach was one of those rescued (in addition) on the first day, it will make tomorrow much easier.

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      • Sunshine says:

        I doubt they would have left the boys with no adult supervision. It’s possible a diver was sent in to remain with them.

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        • MfM says:

          They aren’t alone. There are medical and other people with them, even if the coach is still there. It was only the first divers that had to go back. That had to get the news out that there were 13! and start help coming.

          There has been a steady stream of food and other supplies coming in. There are also divers teaching them what they need to use the masks and practicing with them.

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    • Sunshine says:

      I also read that. And then, nothing.
      If true, it would explain why every boy rescued is in isolation and not in contact with each other or anyone including their parents.
      I do believe he gave everything he had to the boys.

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      • Queensland Kel says:

        There’s an Aussie Doctor with them. He’s ex special forces, a qualified doctor, anaesthetist and experienced cave diver. They were going to take the strongest boys out first but he changed the plan to take the weakest boys first. He’ll come out when all the
        Boys and their coach leave. Aussie news sources say he’ll give an interview then, but maybe not. The Aussie government is not saying anything about the Aussies there which makes me suspect our defence forces are more involved than we are being told. Why would the Thai’s want our Federal Police help? That’s what we’re being told. Lots of Aussies live/retire permanently in Thailand, and it’s a very popular place for Aussies of all ages to visit. Everything humanly possible will be done to secure everyone’s safety.

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  3. daughnworks247 says:

    None of us can imagine what the kids, parents, coach, and divers are going through. God knows, however, we are all with them.

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  4. Coast says:

    If the weather holds, then I think a happy ending is coming tomorrow. Thank God.

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  5. Cisco says:

    Prayers for this hero who lost his life in the rescue operation.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DhqTY_tW4AEELQH?format=jpg

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  6. Alison says:

    There is a unique & highly satisfying bond among first responders, health professionals, military & experts in various fields when potential or real tragedy strikes. Running towards the danger is a courage many of us rarely have to test, and watching others do so humbles me every time.

    God Bless these Angels on Earth, and their Heavenly bretheren.

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    • De Oppresso Libre says:

      I’ve been to Thailand three separate times for joint training first with Royal Thai Rangers and later with Special Forces. They were very competent, highly motivated troops. While I never personally worked with Thai SEALs, I would certainly only expect a high level of competence, and when combined with Aussie SAS / SBS assistance, they are very likely doing all that can be done. Being that much depends on local weather, some of it is obviously in God’s hands. Prayers for all involved.

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  7. TwoLaine says:

    This has been an amazingly coordinated effort and I could not be happier with all of the rescue teams, the tactical operations, moving the media out, the boys parents cooking for them, and everyone involved. Amazing teamwork and I think everyone will be freed by tomorrow.

    In the meantime, everyone get a good nights rest!

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  8. G. Combs says:

    I do not cave dive but have friends who do. There are three major problems that I was told about.

    #1. SILT Within the first few feet you are often completely blind because of the silt/mud kicked up that reduces visibility to zero.

    #2. The static guide line goes around a curve and ends up in a notch that is too narrow to fit through.
    This is a photo from Blue Springs cave showing what I mean.

    You can see if the rope ends up in the ‘notch on the far left you could end up in trouble.

    #3. The guide rope becomes hopelessly tangled and you must cut it. If you follow the wrong end you can never make it back out. This has been the caused of some American cave diver deaths.

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  9. What in God’s green earth were they doing in this cave in the first place? Coach?

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    • tunis says:

      They’ve been going into the cave many, many times. This was not their first time. This is a very popular cave in the area. They did not anticipate the monsoon rains and the consequent flooding of the cave however.

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      • MfM says:

        I gather it wasn’t really the start of the Monsoon season yet… they just got caught up in a flash flood and had to go deeper / higher because their exit was cut off.

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      • formerdem says:

        the complicated truth may be that the kind of person who goes into such a cave for fun is also the kind of person who can and will run toward the danger later to save someone else. idk. Ask the Maker.

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    • amwick says:

      I heard it was some kind of team building experience.. not just a lark.. but I am sure we will hear more..

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    • dizzymissl says:

      Trying to teach boys to be men instead of SoyBoys.

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    • booger71 says:

      They liked to explore. Some people explore caves, climb mountains, some hike, some canoe or kayak. These are just a few things people do to enjoy the wonders of this Great Earth the Lord has provided for us. Sometimes people get lost, stranded, or even die doing it. You can die from an accident in your own home. I was exploring caves with my friends when I was young in the hills and hollers of Southwest MO. We had a sense of adventure. At 65, I still do, and yes I am still exploring those caves. Please don’t blame the coach.

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  10. tunis says:

    I have dived tunnels in Cozumel but they had light shafts. Even then it felt very claustrophobic. I can’t imagine what it is like diving through muck and silt with no visibility and no ability to surface if the water is all the way at the top wall of the cave. I have zero interest in cave diving.

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  11. amwick says:

    So my husband and I were riding into town and I had a thought… is it possible the children were sedated somehow, and that is why they were carried out on stretchers etc?. I am wondering if it is possible to guide a semi conscious person underwater, for a rescue. This was just a wild thought… I haven’t heard anything about it.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I have heard some reporter say that they were probably given something to keep them calm. I doubt they would want to have them out completely, just calm. They may have carried them out because they are so weak.

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    • Minnie says:

      Prayers continue 🙏

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    • De Oppresso Libre says:

      Yes, it is physically possible, however, I am not sure it would be recommended except in the direst of circumstances…..which these must surely qualify. The Draeger rebreather systems have full masks and the diver literally breathes normally as you would above water. But, when discussing variables such as gas mixtures, water pressures / temps, age / capacity, psychological / physical condition, equipment available (insulated wetsuits), time, etc…a Master Diver’s input would be very informative. I can see where a sedated (i.e. CALM) diver would be much easier to control, but there may be other factors which either negate that possibilty, or make it more dangerous.

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      • LivLovely101 says:

        An anxious person would use up the oxygen faster; my father had COPD and was on oxygen for years. And this was one factor we had to consider when taking him outside of his home.
        So giving a mild sedative to these boys would be helpful in more ways than one, and who better to “sedate” them than an anesthesiologist.

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        • De Oppresso Libre says:

          I would also be very concerned about them panicking underwater, especially at that 15″ (inches!) wide portion they have to wiggle through after removing their air tanks – wow! Remember, they’re just kids, and a situation like that would make almost EVERYBODY panicky, except the most experienced divers. God bless all those who got those kids out safely – miracle!

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      • amwick says:

        I don’t dive, I was just wondering, the biggest danger to all seemed to be a person panicking…Maybe we will find out… I am really curious.

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        • De Oppresso Libre says:

          Agree 100%…..preventing panic is probably the number one consideration besides physical ability to complete the task, I would think. But, just like you, I am not a diver and would respect the info and advice of a master diver, especially with rescue and/or military training and experience.

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  12. yy4u says:

    I cannot imagine the fear of these parents. I hope all the boys and the soccer coach can be saved.

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  13. Truthfilter says:

    Just reading this story makes me klaustrophobic and panicky. I can’t imagine having to swim for 3 hours through a maze of underwater channels.

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    • SouthernTrumpette says:

      Yep! Just imagining that swim makes me hyperventilate.
      NBC evening news showed a graphic of the path out of the cave. One point is so narrow that the diver has to remove his air tank so they can fit through the space.
      According to NBC there are 4 boys + the coach left to be rescued.

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  14. MfM says:

    Another story about the British cave divers. It seems from reading it that once they were on site the kids were found in short order. I’m not saying that the Thai’s didn’t do a good job, but that once seasoned rescue cave divers were there they could tackle the harder areas that hadn’t been ruled out.

    It does seem like the various divers are working as a team with the British leading the rescue.

    While it maybe the same divers going to the back to do the rescue the other divers are positioning extra oxygen tanks and doing other needed work that only divers can do.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5932065/Seven-British-diving-heroes-spearheaded-daring-mission-rescue-Thai-boys-trapped-cave.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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  15. Scarlet says:

    Does anyone know what the USA is contributing to this ? Did we send manpower? Supplies ?

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  16. Echo says:

    The graphic is inaccurate. The British cave diving experts are leading each extraction. The Thai “Navy” divers are in support.

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  17. MfM says:

    I don’t care if the U.S. gets enough credit for their contribution. It seems like a group effort by numerous countries with experienced rescue cave divers from the U.K. in the lead.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the death of the Thai retired Seal shook them up enough to realize they were in too deep and needed more experienced people in charge. Just because you are a Seal doesn’t mean you can deal with a cave rescue.

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  18. Grandma Covfefe says:

    Praying for another successful rescue operation on Tuesday in Thailand.
    ——————————————
    Thai authorities have confirmed today’s rescue mission began at 10.08 this morning (11:08 PM ET), with 19 divers going in. and it was announced all four boys and their coach will be brought out on one mission.

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

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      UPDATE:
      Re: Musk’s “submarine”…
      “Although his technology is good and sophisticated it’s not practical for this mission,” Narongsak Osatanakorn, the head of the joint command centre coordinating the operation, said a short time ago.
      🙂

      Also the rain has stopped…(PTL!!)

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      UPDATE:
      Nine ambulances are now lined up.
      Hospital Dr said there would be “no hugging or touching” until blood tests proved the boys were free of infections — leptospirosis and meliodosis – bacterial infections that can be transmitted through soil or water – as possible risks.

      Also caves presented a risk of tick-borne relapsing fever as well as histoplasmosis, a fungal lung infection commonly known as “cave disease”.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      UPDATE:
      3 boys have been brought out.
      6 more to go. (one boy, Coach, Dr and 3 navy Seals who stayed with them)
      They were given anti-anxiety meds, according to PM who is waiting at the hospital..

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      UPDATE:
      #9 was take to hospital via ambulance, # 10 and 11 airlifted.

      Unconfirmed report #12 and coach have cleared the diving part, and may have come out, but reporters are waiting for it to be confirmed.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      UPDATE:
      …… the one we all have been waiting for.
      —All boys out of cave—-Praise God!
      I’m still waiting for Coach and the other 4 (Dr and 3 Navy Seals who stayed with the boys.)

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Coach is out, too

      All 12 boys and their coach are safely out…..Confirmed by Thai Navy Seals.

      Praise God!! God is Good.
      I’m in Calif but it’ll be Nighty night for me and Hubbie gets the computer for the day. ZZZzzz

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      • Was just ready to post this most wonderful news myself, Grandma Covfefe! Praise the Lord, for the blessings of bringing all 12 boys and the coach out alive to return to their families in joy, not in intractable sadness at their tragic loss. Praise be to God!

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  19. jakeandcrew says:

    https://twitter.com/globaltimesnews/status/1016632504067899393?s=19

    11 boys out!

    Praying for the remaining 2, the doctor and Seals that have been with them to also make it out safely!

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    • MfM says:

      It’s so easy to forget about all the support people that also have to come out.

      I don’t know how many went into the back of the cave, but I seem to recall that four ended up going into the Chilean cave and were the last four rescued from that mining disaster.

      If it a large number, hopefully some of them came out as the number of boys decreased. I bet it would depend on their diving experience. Since my supposition is that some of the people who stayed with them were teaching them what they needed to know to manage the diving out… they could transition into being one of the people who shepherded a group of boys out.

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  20. Paprika says:

    Now being reported that all boys and the coach are out!!

    A doctor and 3 divers remain to get out.

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