Divers in Thailand rescued four boys out of a group of 12 and their soccer coach who had been trapped by flood waters deep inside a mountain cave for more than two weeks, VOA reported.
The story of the boys in Thailand has riveted the entire world, including President Donald Trump.
“The U.S. is working very closely with the government of Thailand to help get all of the children out of the cave and to safety. Very brave and talented people,” Trump tweeted Sunday.
the complicated and extremely dangerous operation to bring the other nine to safety has been suspended while rescuers replenish air tanks along the exit tunnel. The group is stranded about 4 kilometers inside the cave.
Authorities believe it could be another four days before all are out. But the clock is ticking. Monsoon rains have started falling again, causing water levels inside the cave to rise, squeezing the boys in an ever shrinking space inside the cave, and causing oxygen levels to drop.
Thirteen divers from around the world and five Thai Navy Seals are involved in the rescue operation. They are considered some of the finest divers in the world, but the operation is incredibly challenging even for such experts.
One volunteer, former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Gunan, died Friday while placing spare air tanks along the escape route. He ran out of air trying to swim out of the cave, VOA reported.
Below is a report from Voice OF America on this gripping story which has captured and captivated the entire world