‘Hooyah’: Rescuers at Thai cave prepare for final push to save players after successful extractions
Thai Navy SEALS on Monday proudly announced their latest successful extraction of four youth soccer players trapped in a cave by adopting the U.S. Navy’s “Hooyah! ”
Authorities on Tuesday started their final push.
Reuters reported that eight players have been rescued in dangerous attempts by a world-class international squad of divers.
There is optimism that the dive team is getting more efficient in their tries. They successfully extracted the second group of four a full two hours faster than the first, officials said.
“Two days, eight Boars, ” read a Facebook post by the Thai navy SEALS about the operation at the Tham Luan Nang Non cave that has been initiated Sunday, more than two weeks after the Wild Boars soccer team became trapped.
Their households were being kept at a distance because of fears of infection and the emaciated-looking boys were feeing a rice-based porridge because they were still too weak to take regular food, authorities said. All those extracted reportedly demonstrated signs of infection.
The chances of monsoon rainfalls creating water in the cave again, threatening their dry refuge and inducing the escape route too risky, was ever far away from the minds of everyone involved.
The plight of the boys, aged 11 -1 6, and their coach, has riveted Thailand and much of the world — from the heart-sinking news they were missing to the first flickering video of the huddle of anxious yet smiling sons once they were found by the pair of British divers deep in the sprawling cave.
Writing in elegant Thai script, the sons recommended their parents not to worry, adding that they hoped they wouldn’t get too much homework after being rescued and couldn’t wait to eat their favorite foods again.
All preparations, including replacing the oxygen cylinders positioned along the route out in the cave, take at least 20 hours, he told. The safety of the divers, who have meticulously planned the mission, is also paramount.
The Associated Press contributed to this report