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4 out of 12 Thai schoolboys rescued from Tham Luang Cave

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09.07.2018

A THIRD of the Thai schoolboys trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand were rescued on Sunday as audiences around the world watched on anxiously.

At least 13 foreign divers and five members of Thailand’s elite navy SEAL unit launched a daring and dangerous mission to save the boys on Sunday, guiding four to safety through narrow, submerged passageways that claimed the life of a former Thai navy diver on Friday.

Thank you Saman Gunan. Gave his life in the rescue of the boys & their coach trapped in the cave. We will never forget you. #ThaiCaveRescue pic.twitter.com/WDCVXPgvYv

— Asjad Nazir (@asjadnazir) July 8, 2018

According to head of the rescue operation Narongsak Osottanakorn, the effort had been a success thus far. “The operation today was more successful than we earlier expected,” he said as quoted by the Bangkok Post.

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An ambulance believed to be carrying rescued schoolboys travels to a military helipad near Tham Luang cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 8, 2018. Source: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun

“Today is D-Day,” Narongsak had earlier told reporters.

As night fell, the operation to rescue the remaining eight boys – some as young as 11 and weak swimmers – and their coach was called off until Monday morning. “Good night and have a sweet dream,” the Thai navy SEALs posted to their Facebook page.

“Today we managed to rescue and send back four children to Chiang Rai Prachanukrua Hospital safely,” Narongsok told a news conference. “… It’s a big success of all teams. We have thousands of people helping us with the operation.”

A US military personnel carries an oxygen cylinder at the Tham........

© Asian Correspondent