A number of rescue teams combined on Sunday launched one of the riskiest and challenging evacuation process of 12 boys of a soccer team including the coach, trapped inside a lake, approximately 4 kms beneath the surface. Thai authorities after saving lives of 4 boys so far said that out of 12, the healthy one have been saved first and the next part of rescue operation will begin after a gap of 10-12 hours. Earlier, there were reports that 6 boys were evacuated. The operation was launched on Sunday, July 5. Speaking on the preparation of the rescue mission earlier, Chiang Rai’s governor, Narongsak Osotthanakorn had said that their readiness was at the highest today. “Today is D-day.” According to officials, divers were assigned at 10:00 am.
The group was stranded in the Tham Luang cave but with increasing level of water, the officials have decided that it is not plausible to wait before long.
An international contingent of 13 specialist divers and 5 Thai Navy Seals went down into the water network of the underground tunnel, which is below the Mae Sai mountains, reported CNN.
As the evacuation process is under to save trapped soccer team, take a look at visuals from outside a hospital where 6 saved boys are being treated.
However, it remains unclear how is the process going to take place, according to a report published by BBC, the group will have a mixture of walking, wading, climbing and diving in order to get them back.
The young soccer team along with their coach have been trapped in the huge cave since June 23, when massive rains flooded the cave while they were inside. The group was found alive in a small cave chamber after 9 days.
Meanwhile, people are also paying tributes to one of the divers, who was part of the rescue mission but died while in the process to evacuate 12 boys of a soccer team.
As Thai authorities effort has started showing results, which is trying to save lives of 12 boys including their coach trapped approximately 4 km beath the lake, here is what people have to say on Twitter. Some are praying, some are lauding efforts of the resue teams, while some are trying to make atmosphere light by sharing hilarious tweets.