Emergency vehicles arrived at a hospital in Thailand after the first successful rescues of soccer team members trapped in a cave. THAI NAVY SEALs confirm more than a dozen divers safely returned from the operations.The rescue effort paused for the night.But with rain in the forecast and oxygen levels in the cave dropping, the stakes are high for those still trapped below.
The acting governor and mission commander said at a news conference that rescue efforts are on hold for about ten hours but added that the operation is going better than expected.Retired US Marine Duke Speed spent half of his 20-year career working in amphibious reconnaissance. He is an expert in confined space high-risk diving operations.
He says the rescue pause is a matter of logistics. They’re going to need to recharge those tanks that were positioned along the route. That would mean actually getting those tanks out of the cave, recharging them with compressed air. And the other thing might be that just letting those divers that just completed the operation get some rest.
THAI NAVY SEALs lost one of their own Friday during an early rescue effort. SamanGuna dropped spare air tanks along the escape route of the cave, but he ran out of air and drowned on his swim to the surface.This video released by THAI NAVY SEALs shows the 12 boys and their coach trapped in the cave since June 23rd.The boys and their 25-year-old coach wandered too far into the underground labyrinth before fast rising water cut off their only exit. SEAL divers found the team alive on July 2nd. Since then special operations teams rescue workers and volunteers have been trying to get them out. Sunday marked the first successful rescue operation
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