The official heading the Thai cave rescue operation says the four boys brought out of the flooded cave by divers on Monday are "safe and conscious" and now in a hospital. The head of Thailand's Health Department said doctors at the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital are applying treatments and putting the boys who have been rescued through a battery of tests to determine their conditions to help them recover from the nightmarish ordeal of being marooned in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave.
"All conditions are still as good as they were yesterday", Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osattanakorn said, as relayed by the AP.
The hazardous bid to rescue the boys - aged between 11 and 16 - started unexpectedly on Sunday when the rescue team said conditions were ideal for the evacuation.
"The death of the former Thai Navy SEAL illustrates the difficulty of this rescue", Manning said.
All preparations, including replacing the oxygen cylinders positioned along the route out in the cave, take at least 20 hours, he said. The first four rescued boys have been placed in a ward set aside specifically for the cave rescue, a source at the hospital said.
"I beg Phra Pirun because the Meteorological Department said that from Monday on there will be continuous rain", Bancha said.
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A BCRC spokesman said: "The UK divers are part of the core team, so they will be actively involved and that will include escorting each child out through the flooded passage".
"One of the things we have learned from previous research is that how young people are before they undergo an extreme experience like this is often a reasonably good predictor of how they will do later on after the event".
Look inside the Tham Luang Cave area in northern Chiang Rai province of Thailand to see the hard task of saving the trapped 12 boys and their football coach. But before the rescued boys can finally go home to their families, they need to make a pit stop at the hospital, where they're being briefly quarantined to make sure they didn't pick up any diseases in the caves, according to news reports. It ended with their fighting cheer, adopted from the U.S. Navy: "Hooyah!"
- Tuesday, June 26 - Divers reach a T-junction several kilometres inside the cave but are forced back by rushing floodwaters that clog a narrow crevice near an air pocket called "Pattaya Beach", where the boys are believed to have retreated.
In an indication of how unsafe the journey can be, a former Thai navy diver died in the caves on Friday.
Mr Narongsak said that experts told him new rain could shrink the unflooded space where the boys are sheltering to just 10 square meters. Ambulances were on standby to receive the next batch of boys who are expected to be plucked from the cave. It is rainy season in Thailand at the moment, with torrential downpours that appear out of nowhere dominating the weather patterns.
The other, and perhaps more worrying, was that oxygen levels in the complex were falling close to unsafe levels.