Thailand: 13 trapped rescued safely but mission still not accomplished (File Photo)
The third phase of the "high risk" Thailand cave rescue operation to evacuate a youth football team and their coach trapped in the flooded Tham Luang caves has been concluded on Tuesday.
Though all of 12 footballers and their coach have now been extracted from the flooded cave system in northern Thailand, the unprecedented rescue effort, being touted as one of the toughest in the history, is yet to be accomplished.
Yes! According to the latest report, the throng of volunteers and divers entered the cave on Tuesday morning to retrieve the remaining four boys and their coach, are still trapped inside the cave.
"Waiting for 4 Thai Navy SEAL personnel who have accompanied kids. Send best wishes to them together," the Thai Navy SEAL wrote in a Facebook post.
However, with the mission to rescue the 13 members of the football team became successful, the divers are expected to be outside the Tham Luang caves soon.
Acting Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osatanakorn, who has been leading the operation, said the international rescue team entered the cave at 10.08 am local time on Tuesday. The first ambulance was seen heading towards the Chiang Rai hospital at around 4.30 pm local time.
All of the 12 trapped footballers and their coach are now sent to the medical team. While the group of International divers, who took all sorts of risks to make the mission successful, is now swimming and diving that 5 km stretch of Tham Luang to reach the entrance of the cave.