Divers resume efforts to rescue boys in Thai cave

Posted at 4:21 AM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-09 06:21:33-04

A fifth boy has been rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand. The mission to rescue the remaining boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand resumed Monday morning. 

Four boys were rescued on Sunday and they were judged as healthy as they recovered in an area hospital. Rescuers to take a break to place more air canisters along the underwater route to where the boys and their coach have been trapped since June 23rd.

It’s a process that can take several hours. Authorities say it could take a total of three to four days to get the remaining boys and the coach out of the cave.

It’s a race against the clock at this point. On top of all the concerns inside the cave, Thailand’s rainy season is looming. There was heavy rain reported in the area, but that did not change the level of the water in the already flooded cave. Rescue officials say that at this point, rain is not an issue, but that could change in the coming days. 

Thailand’s Meteorological Department said there was a 60 percent chance of rain Monday with thunderstorms forecast throughout the week.
The boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old became stranded when they went exploring in the cave after a practice game. Monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for almost 10 days.