The 11th Member Of The Trapped Thai Football Team Has Been Rescued

The 11th member of the Thai football team that has been trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand's Chiang Rai area has now been freed, according to reports from a Reuters witness.

That would mean that there are only two people left to rescue in the cave, as well as three Navy SEALS and a doctor.

The rescue operation to get the young football team out of the cave in which they were trapped by rising floodwater has been ongoing for some days now. The team have been trapped for several weeks, alongside their 25-year-old coach.

Reports so far suggest that the boys who are emerging from the cave as part of the mission, which includes around 90 divers from both Thailand and abroad, are largely healthy and those who remain in the Than Luang cave are in good spirits.

Those who have been rescued so far, boys who are mostly between the ages of 11 and 17, are to be kept in a hospital for a week whilst they are observed.

They have also been kept in a quarantine to allow them not to pick up any infections while they recover their strength. Two of the boys have been reported as suffering from lung infections, but for the most part, they seem to be well.

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Credit: PA

Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, secretary of the public health ministry, told a conference: "All eight are in good health, no fever... everyone is in a good mental state."

The rescue mission has seen expert divers laying rope and helping boys - some of whom can't swim - back out of the caves without letting them come to harm.

There had been worries about the water levels rising further, however, reports suggest that the water levels haven't risen significantly, despite rain.

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Credit: PA

In what was a stark warning of the dangers that are being faced by the divers who are performing the rescue mission, an ex-Thai Navy diver died on Friday trying to provide air tanks to the trapped group when he ran out of oxygen in the caves.

Saman Gunan was a vastly experienced diver and, though his death put into context the difficulties that the rescue team are facing, thankfully there have been no more problems with the operation.

Tech billionaire Elon Musk had offered a submarine to help get the boys out and has visited the cave in the past few days, however, despite thanking him for his offer, the people in charge of the rescue said it was not suitable.

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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