Rescuers begin mission to extract Thai cave boys

Online Desk: A dangerous rescue mission to free 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach trapped inside a Thai cave for two weeks began today, authorities said, with the first survivor to possibly emerge 11 hours later.

Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand’s elite Navy SEAL unit would attempt to bring the boys – some of whom are as young as 11 and not strong swimmers – through narrow, submerged passageways that claimed the life of a former Thai navy diver earlier this week.

“Today is D-Day, ” Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue mission, told reporters. “At 10 am today (0300 GMT) 13 foreign divers went in to extract the children along with 5 Thai Navy SEALs”. He said the first boys could emerge from the cave at around 9 pm local time (1400 GMT)

Source- The Daily Star