Medic, all navy divers out of Thai cave after successful rescue

Ekkapol Chantawong and an aunt one of the few remaining relatives he had after an epidemic made him an orphan aged 10

Ekkapol Chantawong and an aunt one of the few remaining relatives he had after an epidemic made him an orphan aged 10

After more than two weeks all 12 boys and their coach, stuck in the flooded Tham Luang Cave have been rescued by the Thai navy seal team.

The 12 boys, aged 11-16, and their coach, 25, are part of Wild Boars Football Club in Thailand.

Scott and co-producer Adam Smith have reportedly been conducting interviews around the rescue site, where more than 1,000 Thai personnel have been joined by dozens of global specialists for the operation.

The effort that swelled and gained momentum after the group was found last Monday involved more than 100 other rescuers inside the cave, 1,000 members of the Thai army and nearly 10,000 others who facilitated everything from rides up to the cave site to meals of fried chicken, eggs and rice and noodle soups for divers, volunteers and journalists.

An ambulance transporting alleged members of the children's football team approaches the hospital in the northern Thai city of Chiang Rai on July 10, 2018 after being rescued in Tham Luang cave.

Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the rescued boys and some of their parents said they had not been told who had been brought out. A former Thai Navy diver lost his life while on a re-supply mission inside the cave to support the rescue. Another two more boys left the cave complex a short time later followed by the fourth boy.

The footballers still awaiting rescue are about another two kilometres further in, at a point very hard to access.

Doctors were being cautious because of the infection risk and were isolating the boys in the hospital.

Officials have generally waited hours to confirm rescues. "Everyone is in high spirits and is happy to get out".

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Medics appeared to remove one person on a stretcher but hid the person's identity behind multiple white umbrellas. Relatives were able to see them through a glass partition, the governor said.

They said they were waiting for a medic and three SEALs who stayed with the boys in their dark refuge deep inside the cave complex to come out. "At this moment [there are] no worrisome conditions, everyone is safe", Thailand's Health Secretary, Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, told reporters per Reuters.

The last of the 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand were rescued on Tuesday.

On Sunday, four boys were brought out from the cave after being tethered to rescued divers.

There are concerns they may have consumed contaminated water, while bird or bat droppings could cause infections.

"The kids are footballers and have high immune systems", Chokedamrongsuk said per USA Today. After a long and risky rescue effort, the last members of the group were brought to safety today (July 10). So far, their families have seen them through a glass barrier. Four more, plus the coach, are set to be brought out Tuesday.

Worldwide rescuers team prepare to enter the cave where the young team and their coach were trapped by flood waters.

Nargonsak said this phase may take longer than the previous two rescue missions, which both lasted several hours. Once they were inside, the tunnels behind them flooded after heavy rain.

"Just returned from Cave 3", Musk said.

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