Four more rescued from Thai cave; 5 still trapped

One of the rescued footballers being transferred from a Royal Thai Police helicopter to an ambulance at a military airport in Chiang Rai yesterday.
One of the rescued footballers being transferred from a Royal Thai Police helicopter to an ambulance at a military airport in Chiang Rai yesterday.PHOTO: REUTERS

Four more children from a Thai football team trapped with their coach were extracted successfully from a cave in northern Thailand's Chiang Rai province yesterday after an ordeal that has lasted 16 days.

Five more people remain trap-ped in the cave, with eight members of the group rescued so far before operations were suspended yesterday.

Extraction of the footballers is gathering pace, the official in charge of the rescue effort said at a press conference, with the time taken for each retrieval reduced by two hours.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha visited the Tham Luang cave yesterday to review the operation and interact with family members of the Mu Pa (Wild Boars) football team.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 10, 2018, with the headline 'Four more rescued from Thai cave; 5 still trapped'. Print Edition | Subscribe