Thailand Cave Rescue LIVE: Condition Perfect to Evacuate Trapped Boys in Few Days, Say Rescuers2018-07-072018-07-07http://www.worldusnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/logo.pngWorld & US Newshttp://www.worldusnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/thailand-4.jpg200px200px
Conditions are “perfect” to evacuate the young Thai football team from a flooded cave in the coming days before fresh rains and a possible rise in carbon dioxide further imperil the group, the rescue mission chief said Saturday. Scrawled deep inside a mountain in northern Thailand, heartwarming fragments of communication from trapped youngsters have reached families keeping vigil for two excruciating weeks at the entrance to the cave complex. Players from the “Wild Boar” football team wrote short notes in the gloom, reassuring parents and relatives, making affectionate jokes and expressing hopes of being reunited in the near future. The letters have provoked a surge of emotion from families, who first endured nine long days before their children were found dishevelled and emaciated but alive on Monday — and now face an agonising wait for a dangerous evacuation. It is still unclear how the boys will be rescued from the range of dangerous options on the table, as the country holds its breath hoping for good news.Stay tuned as Padmaja Venkataraman brings you LIVE updates:
Jul 7, 2018 11:06 pm (IST)
Rescue workers take cover from the rain, outside Tham Luang cave complex, where 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach are trapped inside a flooded cave, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)
Jul 7, 2018 10:59 pm (IST)
Heavy Rains Near Tham Luang Nang Caves | Northern Thailand saw heavy downpour late on Saturday, worsening the already tough weather conditions. The rain could potentially set back progress made over the last week to drain the Tham Luang cave complex, Reuters reported. As rescuers fight a “war with water and time”, the community is trying to remain hopeful about a safe rescue.
Jul 7, 2018 10:05 pm (IST)
Israeli Technology Reportedly Used | As expert divers and volunteers from across the world joined the rescue efforts, technical support also came from many corners. Israeli technology was reportedly used to locate the missing boys who were trapped inside the caves. Maxtech Networks CEO Uzi Hanuni told Times of Israel that their system provided voice, data and video link to the boys.
Jul 7, 2018 8:58 pm (IST)
Medical Team Deployed | Thirteen fully equipped medical teams have been deployed just outside the Tham Luang Nang caves. 13 helicopters and ambulance have also been stationed to facilitate the rescue operation. According to Reuters, medical staff working in the mission have said that their first assessments will focus on the boy’s breathing, signs of hypothermia and an airborne lung infection known as ‘cave disease’ which is caused by bat and bird droppings and can be fatal if it is untreated and spreads to other parts of the body. “We have set up 13 teams for each of the children,” Major General Pramote Imwattana of the Army Medical Department in charge of the medical operation at the Tham Luang cave complex, told Reuters.
Jul 7, 2018 8:37 pm (IST)
Reuters reported that monks dressed in orange robes prayed and chanted at a shrine near the cave. An assistant told Reuters that the ceremony was to “open up” the cave mouth to allow for a secure evacuation of the trapped boys. (Image: Reuters)
Jul 7, 2018 8:01 pm (IST)
Jul 7, 2018 7:36 pm (IST)
“Double Positive” Says Instructor | Ivan Katadzic, a Danish diving instructor who has been ferrying oxygen tanks into the cave, told Reuters after a dive on Friday that he was “double positive” about the mission because the water level had dropped considerably.
Jul 7, 2018 7:27 pm (IST)
Race Against Time | “Everything is a race against time,” Kamolchai Kotcha, an official of the forest park, told Reuters. He added that his team would camp out on the hill to try and finish its work before the rain came.
Jul 7, 2018 7:17 pm (IST)
In this undated photo released by Royal Thai Navy on Saturday, July 7, Thai rescue teams arrange water pumping system at the entrance to a flooded cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. The local governor in charge of the mission to rescue them said on Saturday that cooperating weather and falling water levels over the last few days had created appropriate conditions for evacuation, but that they won’t last if it rains again. (Image: Royal Thai Navy via AP)
Jul 7, 2018 6:36 pm (IST)
The death of a former Thai Navy SEAL diver on Friday underscored the many risks that the operation entails. Saman Kunan, who ran out of oxygen, died after delivering oxygen tanks to the cave. But rescuers are trying to move past the tragic loss. “We lost one man, but we still have faith to carry out our work,” Navy Seal commander Apakorn Yookongkaew told AFP, adding that rescuers have “a limited time” to extract the boys.
Jul 7, 2018 6:02 pm (IST)
A Daunting Task Ahead | The chief of mission described the problems that could arise because of monsoon rains. Heavy rains could push the water to rise to the shelf where the children are squatting, reducing the area to “less than 10 square meters,” he was quoted as saying in AFP. On Saturday morning, he had said that the boys were not prepared to scuba dive, a daunting task that would involve them navigating through the uneven and winding cave structures. However after 12 hours, he seemed to have changed his assessment after the water levels inside the cave were managed thanks to round-the-clock drainage mechanism installed by the rescuers. (Image: Reuters)
Jul 7, 2018 5:25 pm (IST)
Rescuers have put in place an air pipe to ensure that oxygen levels don’t fall in the cave where the boys are holed up. The chief of the rescue operation detailed the complexity of the situation. “When we’re in a confined space if the oxygen drops to 12 percent the human body starts to slow down and people can fall unconscious,” Narongsak told AFP. He went on to explain, “There’s also carbon dioxide. If the oxygen levels are down and the carbon dioxide levels are up, then you can get too much carbon dioxide in your blood.”
Jul 7, 2018 5:09 pm (IST)
“Conditions Perfect to Evacuate”http://www.worldusnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/thailand-cave-rescue-live-condition-perfect-to-evacuate-trapped-boys-in-few-days-say-rescuers.com”The water level in the cave has receded and rescuers are seeing this as a window of opportunity. “Now and in the next three or four days, the conditions are perfect (for evacuation) in terms of the water, the weather and the boys’ health,” Narongsak Osottanakorn the chief of the rescue operation told AFP. He added that they had to make a “clear decision” on what they wanted to do.
Jul 7, 2018 4:34 pm (IST)
Earlier in the week, India offered “technical expertise” to Bangkok. The Thai Ambassador to India, Chutintorn Gongsakdi, had thanked India for extending its support towards the operation.”Thank you Ambassador Bishnoi. Thank you India,” tweeted Ambassador Gongsakdi on Monday.
Thank you Ambassador Bishnoi. Thank you India. pic.twitter.com/udTmpUYebb
— Ambassador Sam (@Chutintorn_Sam) July 3, 2018
Jul 7, 2018 4:33 pm (IST)
Monsoon Threat Looms Large | Volunteers and rescuers are worried that the impending monsoon might hamper the rescue efforts.The monsoon which typically starts in July lasts till October. The caves, in which the boys are stranded function as a basin when the area receives heavy rainfall.The boys were trapped inside the interiors of the caves 14 days ago, after a sudden flash flood hit the cave system.