Rescue mission under way to free boys inside Thai cave

Rescue mission under way to free boys inside Thai cave

In a tweet Sunday morning, U.S. President Donald Trump said, "The U.S.is working very closely with the Government of Thailand to help get all of the children out of the cave and to safety". Very fearless and talented people!,' the president wrote on Twitter Sunday morning.

She said members of the 353rd U.S. Special Operations Group and U.S. military pararescue teams, survival specialists, divers and medical personnel are on the ground in support of the Thai-led global rescue effort.

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As of Sunday, four boys were confirmed rescued from the cave, before the mission was paused, according to the BBC.

The six other youngsters - and their coach - will remain underground tonight and be rescued tomorrow, the state-funded news agency said. Thirteen of the divers are foreign, including eight Australians.

A team from the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, including pararescue and survival specialists, flew in from Okinawa last week.

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Teams of Thai and global divers have since supplied them with food, oxygen and medical attention, but there are mounting concerns about the oxygen level in the chamber, which officials said had fallen to 15%. It is only a small battle we've won, but the war has not ended. "But I expect the operation to finish in the next couple of days". Other divers were on guard along the unsafe first kilometer of the passageway.

Reporters are ordered to move 2 kilometres back as final rescue preparations began on Sunday at Tham Luang cave in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai. "They are now at the field hospital near the cave", Tossathep Boonthong, chief of the health department in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, told Reuters.

Officials said the rescue could take three to four days to complete depending on the rainfall.

"Hardly anybody has wanted to speak on the record because the reality is nobody knew", she explained. They gave a deadline of 9:00 am to clear out, setting off a frenzy of moving and packing.

The boys and their coach went missing after the team ended a workout on June 23.

The evacuation came several hours after 13 global cave diving experts and five Thai Navy SEALs entered the cave in an attempt to get the boys out one by one as they navigate through flooded and narrow tunnels.

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