Rescue Team Begin final Mission to Free Remaining Boys Trapped in a Flooded Thai Cave

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Eight boys of the youth soccer team have been rescued in past two days after they were trapped for more than two weeks in a flooded cave in northern Thailand.

According to Public Health Ministry, the first four boys rescued, aged 12 to 16, are now able to eat normal food. Two of them possibly have a lung infection, however all eight are generally healthy and smiling said Jedsada Chokdumrongsuk, permanent secretary at the Public Health Ministry.


“The kids are footballers so they have high immune systems,” Jesada said. “Everyone is in high spirits and are happy to get out. But we will have a psychiatrist to evaluate them. It could be at least seven days before they can be released from hospital,” Jesada told a news conference.

It was clear doctors were taking a cautious approach. Doctors were uncertain about type of infections the boys could face “because we have never experienced this kind of issue from a deep cave.”

Meanwhile the officials have resumed the final mission to rescue the remaining four players and their 25 year old coach, who are still in the cave. Officials are hoping to bring all five to safety today.