After being rescued after 17 days trapped in Tham Luang cave, 12 Thai teenagers along with their football coach reportedly lost an average weight of 2 pounds. However they are in good condition and show no signs of stress.
As reported by Reuters on Wednesday (11/7/2018), the current condition of 12 adolescents aged 11-16 years and their 25-year-old coach was revealed by a Thai health official.
The last group of football club ‘Wild Boars’, consisting of three teenagers and one coach, successfully evacuated out of the cave safely on Tuesday (10/7) evening local time. Eight other teenagers have been evacuated in advance on Sunday (8/7) and Monday (9/7) local time.
After being rescued, they were taken by helicopter to a hospital 70 kilometers from the cave. At the hospital, they join their colleagues who are being quarantined for a while.
“From our judgment, they are in good condition and not stressed.The children were handled well in the cave, most of the boys lost 2 kilograms of weight,” Thailand Health Department Superintendent Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong told reporters.
The parents of the four most recently rescued teenagers on Sunday (8/7) have been allowed to visit their children in the hospital. However, parents should wear protective clothing and stand as far as 2 meters as a precaution.
Thongchai, one of four people who was rescued last Tuesday (10/7) yesterday was detected with a lung infection and all have been given rabies and tetanus vaccines.
The teenagers with his coach entered the Tham Luang cave since June 23 to explore after practicing football. But the heavy rain that flushed the area made the cave was flooded great enough and they were trapped in the cave without getting out.
Their position in the cave, which turned out to be at a point 4 kilometers from the mouth of the cave, only caught by the British team of divers about 9 days later. Their rescue efforts are not easy given the cave conditions are complicated and flooded. Some of the teenagers can not swim.
The team of the Thai Navy divers or Navy SEAL with the help of divers from various countries run a dangerous mission to expel them. Even a former Navy SEAL diver dies while preparing an aerial tube for the rescue.
Narongsak Osatanakorn who led the rescue operation called the malicious operation a ‘mission impossible’. “Today Thai, Thailand team, achieve mission impossible,” said Narongsak after the last stage of rescue completed on Tuesday (10/7) night.