All 12 boys and coach rescued safely; four rescue divers yet to emerge

All 12 boys and coach rescued safely; four rescue divers yet to emerge

Elite divers rescued all 12 footballers and their coach safely out of a flooded Thai cave on Tuesday, after an 18-day ordeal, completing an arduous rescue operation.
According to the Thai Navy Seal Facebook page, the four rescue divers and one doctor are yet to emerge from the cave.
The officials have been fixated on the crisis, hoping desperately for the safe return of the 12 boys and their 25-year-old football coach, after they ventured into the Tham Luang cave complex after practice and became trapped by rising waters more than a fortnight ago.
A helicopter waits near the cave for more evacuations of the boys and their soccer coach. APA helicopter waits near the cave for more evacuations of the boys and their soccer coach. AP
The extraction of the four on Monday followed a similar pattern to the previous day, with the youngsters emerging in quick succession just before nightfall after navigating a treacherous escape route of more than four kilometres (2.5 miles).
The saga has dominated global headlines, with the team spending nine days unaccounted for inside the cave before British divers found the emaciated and dishevelled group huddling on a muddy bank above the flooding.
Authorities then struggled to determine the best way to save the “Wild Boars”, with the group stuck on a shelf above the floodwaters in pitch darkness. Among the ideas were drilling an escape route through the mountain, or leaving them for months until the monsoon season ended and the flooding subsided.
“(They) will be extracted today,” rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters on Tuesday morning after elite foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALs escorted eight members of the “Wild Boars” football team out in highly risky operations over the previous two days. But with oxygen levels inside dropping to dangerous lows and the prospect of heavy rains flooding the area completely, authorities decided they had to move quickly, and take the group out through the water-filled tunnels.