thailand cave rescue
July 10, 2018

All 12 soccer players and their 25-year-old coach have been rescued from a Thailand cave where they were trapped by floodwaters for two weeks, Thai Navy Seals confirmed. The final group of boys and the coach were removed from the cave Tuesday.

The divers began the rescue operation Sunday morning, extracting four boys. Four more were rescued Monday.

The soccer team was stuck in the cave when monsoon rains struck unseasonably early. It took divers 11 hours roundtrip to extract each boy. One diver died during the rescue efforts last week. Learn more about how the boys were saved from the cave, and how complicated the process was, here. Jeva Lange

July 9, 2018

At least eight young soccer players have been saved from a cave in Thailand in a rescue operation that can only be described as harrowing. The team of 12, plus their 25-year-old coach, got stuck 16 days ago when flooding pinned them on a ledge two-and-a-half miles from the Tham Luang Nang Non cave entrance. With oxygen levels plunging dangerously low inside the cave, expert divers have put their own lives at risk to make the 11-hour roundtrip journey to extract the boys from the cave in a race against the continuing monsoon rains. Here's a look at just how difficult it is to save the boys. Jeva Lange

The boys are deep within a flooded cave.

Officials determined that diving was the best option for getting the boys out.

The boys use ropes on the walls to guide them through the muddy water. The divers hold their oxygen tanks.

The boys and divers must pass through a narrow passage called "the T-junction," which is one of the most complex parts of the journey.

The boys are extracted in a "relay" of divers.

July 6, 2018

Billionaire "techbro" Elon Musk wants to help rescue the youth soccer team trapped in a cave in Thailand, so he is sending his SpaceX and Boring Company engineers overseas to offer their support, Fortune reports. "I suspect that the Thai govt has this under control," Musk tweeted, "but am happy to help if there is a way to do so."

Musk admitted that "there are probably many complexities that are hard to appreciate without being there in person," although he is evidently eyeing the possibility of assisting in pumping water out of the cave. It won't be the first time Musk has offered his help in a disaster situation: His companies' technology and infrastructure support were used in Puerto Rico after last year's hurricane.

Rescuing the soccer team and their coach has proven to be exceedingly difficult, especially since many of the boys can't swim and it takes expert cave divers to reach the ledge where the team became trapped after flash flooding. A former Thai Navy SEAL died early Friday morning after he ran out of oxygen while placing air tanks in the cave for a potential rescue mission. Jeva Lange

July 5, 2018

A former Thai Navy SEAL died early Friday morning while helping with the rescue effort of 12 soccer players and their coach from a cave in Thailand.

The man, identified as Samarn Kunan, 38, ran out of oxygen while diving; a volunteer, he had been placing air tanks in the cave to prepare for a potential rescue mission, The Guardian reports. The children and their coach have been in the cave for more than a week, and Thai officials are discussing rescue options, including having experienced divers go down and guide everyone out. Catherine Garcia

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