The primary 4 boys rescued from a flooded collapse northern Thailand have been in good well being and demanding fried rice in hospital on Monday, the pinnacle of the rescue workforce stated, as divers resumed operations to carry out the remaining members of the group.
The bid to rescue the boys – aged between 11 and 16 – and their 25-year-old soccer coach acquired going once more after a break late on Sunday to replenish the workforce’s oxygen provides and make different preparations deep contained in the cave.
The 4 boys, rescued on Sunday, have been flown by helicopter from the Tham Luang cave to the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital, situated on the coronary heart of Chiang Rai province, about 70 kilometres away.
A fifth boy was rescued on Monday afternoon, a Royal Thai Navy official stated. No different particulars on him have been instantly obtainable.
Seven extra boys and the coach are nonetheless trapped.
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“The 4 kids are positive. The kids complained that they have been hungry and wished holy basil stir-fried rice,” Narongsak Osottanakorn, the pinnacle of the rescue operation, advised reporters on Monday, referring to a preferred Thai dish.
Inside Minister Anupong Paochinda additionally stated the boys have been in good well being. He didn’t give additional particulars.
Officers have but to verify the identities of the 4 boys freed. Narongsak on Monday stated their identities have been being protected out of respect for the households of these nonetheless trapped contained in the cave.
Officers final week stated they might carry the fittest folks within the group out first, however Narongsak later stated that whoever was prepared first could be escorted out.
A supply concerned within the rescue mission who noticed two of the 4 boys stroll out of the cave advised Reuters that they regarded drained however wholesome, including that one even regarded “vivacious and contemporary.” He didn’t give additional particulars.
“Think about marathon runners. It’s like once they attain the end line exhausted,” stated the supply.
On the hospital in Chiang Rai, inexperienced canvas sheets had been put as much as block the doorway from view.
Ambulances have been on standby to obtain the following batch of boys who’re anticipated to be plucked from the cave.
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Medical employees concerned within the rescue mission advised Reuters their first assessments when the boys arrive on the hospital will give attention to their respiration, indicators of hypothermia and an airborne lung an infection generally known as ‘cave illness’ which is attributable to bat and chicken droppings and will be deadly if untreated and allowed to unfold to different elements of the physique.
The primary 4 rescued boys have been positioned in a ward put aside particularly for the cave rescue, a supply on the hospital stated.