4 Thai boys rescued following weather delays

4 Thai boys rescued following weather delays
The Luang Cave in Thailand that the Thai team is trapped in. Photo by Chanida pholsen via Wikimedia Commons.

A soccer team in Thailand has become trapped in the Luang Cave in Thailand. Reports indicate that the team entered the cave as a rite of passage for the team to mark their names in the cave. Extreme rainfall along with the change in weather forced the team deeper into the cave where they have remained trapped.

On Sunday 4 boys have been rescued from the cave and were taken to the hospital. They are all safe according to former governor, Narongsak Osottanakorn, who led the rescue operation from the beginning.

The families of the boys trapped gave the green light on the rescue operation knowing full and well the possible outcome that could emerge. Helicopters and ambulances waited by the cave to take the survivors to the hospital. The cave is dark, cold and due to rising water levels the team faces being drowned. Trained divers were given the job of transporting oxygen tanks.

A Thai Navy Seal diver passed away trying to transport oxygen to those who were trapped. Petty Officer Saman, 38, lost consciousness on his way back from transporting the oxygen tanks. His diving partner performed CPR on him but was unable to revive his partner.

With extreme weather warnings and heavy rainfall coming in the rescue operation was postponed until the conditions cleared up and no other divers would be put in such a risky situation. However as of now the operation has continued as the weather has cleared up. The trained NAVY seal divers are working in pairs to extract each child to ensure that the procedure is carried out in the safest way possible.

As of right now there are still 8 more boys and their coach awaiting to be rescued.