Eleventh person rescued from Thai cave on third day of operation

Erika Holt
July 12, 2018

A Thai official has said that the third rescue mission has begun as of late Monday night. The departure of the three ambulances suggests others also have been rescued, but there was no immediate official confirmation.

Importantly, as of the time of this writing, eight of the 13 trapped people have already been saved by the heroic actions of rescue divers and support teams.

It has emerged the rescued boys are being held in confinement over fears they have cave disease, which is caused by breathing in fungus from bat and bird droppings.

"Today (Tuesday) we hope to be faster", Narongsak added, of the complex and unsafe operation that involves diving through narrow, flooded chambers.

On Twitter, Musk has mused about potential inventions that could help the trapped soccer team, including a miniature submarine made from part of a SpaceX rocket.

The football team named Wild Boars entered the complex cave system after they had entered it on June 23 for the objective of exploration but got stranded after sudden flooding caused by heavy rain blocked the exit.

Three members of the SEAL unit and an army doctor, who has stayed with the boys since they were found, were the last people due to come out of the cave, the unit said.

Authorities did not reveal the identity of the boys as they were brought out, one by one.

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Nargonsak said this phase may take longer than the previous two rescue missions, which took up to 11 hours.

In the past two days, eight boys were rescued and are now in a hospital isolation ward while they are tested for any possible infections.

Flash flooding trapped the group in the cave on June 23, sparking a multinational rescue mission that had to overcome numerous difficulties, including strong currents of murky water submerging sections of the cave.

Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around their beds.

The first four were rescued on Sunday, and a further four on Monday.

The tech entrepreneur tweeted Tuesday morning he'd "Just returned from Cave 3", referring to the rescuers' command center inside the sprawling cave.

Graphics explaining how the divers managed to rescue the four boys have been circulating on social media.

In the third video, rescuers simulate how to extract a person inside the mini-submarine as they lift the pod from the pool and onto dry land. Each of the rescued boys has been guided through the dark, narrow cave by a pair of divers.

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