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Rescuse of Thai cave boys

Rescuse of Thai cave boys

Rescue Timeline

MAE SAI: The unprecedented mission to evacuate the “Wild Boar” football team and their coach from a flooded Thai cave concluded yesterday, reports AFP.

Here is a timeline of the efforts to find and free the group.

Saturday, June 23

The youngsters, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach enter the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand during heavy rains after football practice. They are reported missing after the boys do not come home that night.

Local officials find bicycles locked to a fence and shoes and football boots close to the entrance.

Sunday, June 24

Park officials and police find handprints and footprints believed to belong to the boys. Relatives start to keep vigil outside the cave.

Monday, June 25

Thai Navy SEAL divers enter the cave searching for the boys as heavy rains continue.

Tuesday, June 26

Divers are forced out of the cave by rushing floodwaters as they try to reach an air pocket called “Pattaya Beach”.

Wednesday, June 27

A team of more than 30 US military personnel arrive and are joined by three British diving experts to probe the cave.

Thursday, June 28

Downpours create fast-moving floods inside the cave forcing a suspension of the rescue. Water pumps start draining rising, murky floodwaters.

Friday, June 29

Thailand’s junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha visits the site and urges relatives not to give up hope.

Saturday, June 30

A break in the rain allows divers to reach further inside the cave.

Sunday, July 1

Divers inch further in, as an operating base is set up inside ‘Chamber Three’ and hundreds of air tanks and other supplies are pulleyed in.

Monday, July 2

The 12 boys and their coach are found alive about 400 metres beyond Pattaya Beach by the British cave diving team.

Tuesday, July 3

Much-needed food and medical supplies—including high-calorie gels and paracetamol—reach the boys as rescuers say they boys remain in the cave for some time.

Wednesday, July 4

The group taught how to use diving masks and breathing apparatuses. Teams pump out water round the clock.

Thursday, July 5

Authorities say expected rains may force a complex rescue quicker than first thought.

Friday, July 6

A diver helping to establish an air line to the boys dies after passing out while returning from the chamber, raising serious doubts over the safety of attempting a rescue. Thailand’s Navy SEAL commander says oxygen levels inside have dropped.

Saturday, July 7

A scrawled message emerges from the team’s coach, offering his “apologies” to their parents, while in other touching notes the boys tell their relatives not to worry.

Sunday, July 8

Divers lead four of the boys out of the cave as night falls, sending them to the hospital.

Narongsak says the rescue mission will not start again for at least another 10 hours to allow oxygen and other supplies to be replenished.

Monday, July 9

As dusk falls four more boys are rescued. The Thai Navy SEALs greet another seemingly successful day with a social media post saying “Hooyah”.

Tuesday, July 10

The final phase of the operation begins. The remaining four boys and the coach are brought out from the cave by rescue team members.

Health officials say the eight rescued so far are in good physical and mental health but more tests are being carried out.