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Thailand cave rescue LIVE updates: Third phase of operation is underway, officials say

Thailand cave rescue LIVE updates: Third phase of operation is underway, officials say: Reportedly, The death toll in the sinking of a tour boat off the Thai resort island of Phuket has climbed and reached to the 41, with 15 people missing from the nation.

Live Update Thai cave rescue mission:

*Thai health officials: Rescued boys are in good health overall: All eight boys who have been rescued are in good health overall, Thai health officials said Tuesday. The children were given antibiotics, but there were no significant diseases or abnormalities have been found.

*Third phase of the rescue mission is underway: The Thai official overseeing the rescue mission said Tuesday the third rescue mission is underway, with divers having entered the cave. Officials are hoping the last four boys and their coach will be rescued Tuesday.

• Eight people are now out of the cave complex: Four people were extracted from the cave on Monday and taken to the hospital, local officials said.

• The new extraction run was sped up, according to the search chief, after air tanks were replaced and guide ropes tightened along the long escape route.

• A new weir, or low dam, built outside the cave was helping to keep water levels down inside, officials said, aiding in the new rescue attempt.

*Thai officials meeting to discuss next phase: Thailand’s interior minister says the same divers who took part in Sunday’s rescue of four boys trapped in a flooded cave will also conduct the next operation as they know the cave conditions and what to do.

*19 Australian personnel involved in rescue, foreign minister says

Australia’s foreign minister says 19 Australian personnel are involved in the Thailand cave rescue operation including a doctor who’s played an essential part in assessing which boys can leave and in what order.

*Thai government releases graphic about #thamluangcaverescue . Full face masks; 2 divers accompanying 1 boy; guided by rope. When facing a very narrow path, they will release the tank from back and slowly roll tank & guide the boy through. They walk from Chamber 3 to mouth of cave

*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!-Donal J. Trump

Rescued Thai boys are “safe and conscious,” official says

The official heading the rescue operation said the four boys brought out of the cave on Monday were “safe and conscious” and in a hospital.

Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn also told a news conference that Monday’s operation took less time than Sunday’s because of the experience accumulated and because more people were involved.

Narongsak said he’s not sure if the five people remaining in the cave will be extracted in one or more operations.

He said Thailand’s prime minister, who visited the cave site Monday, has gone to visit all eight boys in the hospital.

Thailand cave rescue LIVE updates: Trapped youth football team to be extracted in four groups, says report

on Saturday evening, In Thailand, The Phuket governor, Norraphat Plodthong, declared the news at a press conference, Post two days the boat capsized and sank after this was hit by five-metre (16-foot) waves.

The boat was carrying around, 105 people, including 93 tourists, mostly Chinese.

Divers who come in the shattered of the tour boat that sank in a storm off the southern Thai resort island of Phuket described heartbreaking scenes of bodies of children found in the arms of their mothers, still is in search from the last Saturday.

“It’s very difficult to see … it’s traumatic, it’s tragic but the best thing to do, our job as divers, is to bring back the bodies to their families,” diver Philip Entremont told reporters.

The prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, the leader of Thailand’s military government, said that his “sympathies and deepest condolences” to the families of the dead. The government will “exert all efforts to find those still missing and provide support to all survivors of this tragic event”, he said.

Reports in Thai media said police charged the owner and captain of the stricken ship that because of their carelessness this mishap occurred.

Xi Jinping, The Chinese president,  called for all-out search and rescue efforts, said to the ministry of foreign affairs and Chinese diplomats in Thailand to take greater measures, and also emphasized on the facts that Thai authorities to spare no efforts.