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news out of thailand where we're getting reports of six boys trapped in caves have now been brought to the surface as a daring rescue operation seemingly happens much faster than first expected they have been taken to a field hospital near the cave in old twelve boys and their football coach need to be brought out through twisted narrow and jagged passageways they've been stuck for more than two weeks scott heiler joining us from chiang rai what are you hearing about those that have been rescued scott and what will happen to those that are still inside the cave where we know that those who have been rescued you know there's you said there's a field hospital right outside the cave entrance where they went into weeks and one day ago they were treated there immediately well they're met by medical personnel the moment they walk out and actually remember the medical personnel deeper in the cave to there's a chamber it's kind of been set up as a triage center inside the cave medical staff of looked at them there then they've
made this three kilometer walk the dry part the dry section of the cave and then the met by more medical professionals as they come out and then there we've been told by someone who's on the scene that they're wrapped up straight away in a blanket we now know that there's you know the numbers have been all over the place you know we're seeing six now because what it sounds like four are definitely out. seen medical professionals and been there you know shipped off to the hospital in nearby chiang rai central province capital here by helicopter or by amos and these two others we're hearing are just are just about to exit the gate that's what one source is telling us you know they're kind of differing numbers going back and forth quite honestly every ten minutes we're going to get clarity on that in just about the next fifteen plus minutes the used to be the governor of chiang mai province now he's the head of the rescue mission he is going to give a press conference and hopefully we're going to get all these numbers confusion
about who came out when they came out to be clarified by him we're also hopefully going to hear what's going to happen after these six is there another pipeline and of the group that's coming out now or is this it for the day or we're going to see something more tomorrow because initially he said earlier in the day ten am when he said ok we're going to see the first boys it at nine we saw them hour and a half two hours before nine pm we're going to hear him say that yes there's another group but that's not going to happen until tomorrow and nationally when he announced the rescue operations he said it was going to take two to three sorry three to four days per stays over pretty much now so we still see another two to three days of of boys and possibly the coach coming out we're not sure yet hopefully we'll get some clarity and i say hopefully because you know as as we've all been discussing and hearing from expert divers be hearing from medical professionals this is a very very difficult situation for the boys and the divers so it's a fluid situation so it's not as though they can say ok this these six it took you
know eight hours and forty five minutes for them all to come out so the next six it's going to take that long or if it's four it's going to take this much less it's a fluid situation conditions change boys physical ability is different divers abilities are different divers situations different equipment can do different things can fail can need correction all these things so there's so many factors a place we can't say every night at the. seven forty five we're going to see another batch of boys but hopefully we'll be able to find out a little bit more based on you know what they've experienced so far with this batch coming out what we could be seeing over the next hours or days coming yeah absolutely and we will be waiting to hear what the governor has to say on this rescue operation as for the condition of the boys that have been brought out do we know anything about about their condition and where they were taken to after the field hospital that is no specific. right no specific idea of their condition but knowing before you know the seal doctors the navy seal doctors who
went in and initially when the boys were found did some initial assessing and said that yes they're in good health obviously there but in the mound nearest at that stage they had cuts and bruises there's some video footage of initial video footage of the tiny sea of medical technicians putting what appeared to be iodine on some cuts and things and they had some bruises because obviously you know they're they're climbing through the cave system quickly when when the floodwaters came in and also sitting there for you know now it's two weeks so we know that they had those but then that was you know last monday what's happened since monday could be another medical physical challenge that they faced and that is a reduction of oxygen in that area in that part of the cave where they have been for you know some of the boys for fifteen days other boys who are still in there diminishing oxygen levels not too dangerous level but not optimal that can have affects on. coheres how coherent they are how slow or how
quickly they move back it affects how they how they exit the cave so those are all factors and potential medical issues they will have to be reviewed straight away that's why you know you've got these different evaluations going on the moment they step into into dry territory in the cave and then when they finally get out of the cave you know making sure that all these things are being checked we know that at one stage the. oxygen saturation in their blood was tested and they all seem to be in normal ranges that was a couple days ago sure that's being tested again now and if they need more oxygen obviously they put on oxygen straight away but those are probably the kind of medical conditions they're checking for straight away ok scott thank you and just to tell our viewers that the governor is speaking right now that is the governor and the head of the rescue mission he is speaking from chiang rai about the ongoing operation so we are monitoring what he has to say will bring you all the latest. developments on the latest lines on this developing and very fast moving story that
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just giving an update does that mean this is it for the day scott. that it does and he said that now it's in his and yet because there was confusion earlier some thought that there were six some of that there you know therefore they were out and who are now in the hospital in chiang rai prevents all capital about sixty kilometers from us they're all there now before there was confusion that two might have been on their way out the tail end of the cave the section the three climbers that they the boys can walk out after doing these dives that was it was wrong right now we know the four have come out and that's it for the day the balance are still in the original spot in the cave and obviously they're going to continue with this operation the head of the security mission said that they are going to start again they need ten hours to prepare so theoretically if they keep to that timetable you know we just finished up about now nine pm they'll need at least until seven am tomorrow morning so they can start again now what's
interesting he also gave the exact times that these boys came out five forty pm was the first boy five fifty pm was the second boy and then the third boy came out at seven forty and then the boy after that at nine fifty so it's you know these kind of sorry should say seven fifty eight so it's interesting because you see these two kind of pairs so it appears as though they were brought out in pairs you know the boys the two sets of boys came out within just ten minutes of each other so it appears as though that's kind of the process looking at the times that they were exited that they did exit the cave according to to the head of mission ahead of the security mission rescue mission so right now i would imagine those divers as expert divers they're gearing up for it for the next dive or the next very complex dive that could start they say is quickly is ten hours after the last dive so we're looking at probably early morning hours on monday when they can do the second wave now this goes back into what we originally heard when when the chief of the head of
the rescue mission said at ten am local time it would take about ten to twelve hours. yes big there a little bit quicker than that but he said it's going to take days to get all of them out and now we're hearing because only four came out today that's looking like it's more probable end of day today got four four boys out you know probably have two or three more days to go to get everybody out who knows if they're going to grow the group size or not is going to keep it up for and just kind of do it from there or now that they have lessons learned since they've already done this rescue once that they're going to change things and maybe have more come out or less come out we don't know but we know that it's you know the first step is over very good news for for a very happy families right now. is there there are many boys more boys and the coach to come back out scott you were saying earlier that. when these four boys were coming out they were immediately wrapped off and taken away to the field hospital any news on their and their conditions and what's what they're feeling
right now. not straight away we know that we have some of the parents who are up there have been talking to us we know that yet that they're the ones who told us about the of the blankets being wrapped around them straight away we know that that was one of the first things that the navy seal divers did was found in the cave they wrapped them in these silver. plastic blankets to retain their heat so i'm assuming it was something similar to that because you're going from this very damp. dark environment and you're coming out obvious it's dark now but you're coming out into it to a much different environment with different parametric pressure different humidity so they wrap them up straight away we do know that at least one of the boys pretty quickly after coming out got an i.v. we don't know exactly what was in that i.v. but what we do know what a lot of these boys were suffering from because of their ordeal mt attrition a bit of dehydration you know were they able to correct a lot of that since last monday when they were found we know that solid food
couldn't be given to them straight away this kind of high protein high calorie gel was given to them straight away get their energy back up then maybe there was some solid food integrated back into their diet we're not quite sure but bottom line yes they they know they would probably still be malnourished we know that the oxygen level in the cave section of the cave where they were was diminished so it's for some point some period of time they didn't have as much oxygen that is ideal it wasn't in the dangerous level but it wasn't ideal so there could be some symptoms related to that to not getting that much oxygen as you should be so those are the ones we know about the conditions the medical conditions we know about cuts and scrapes we saw two being treated early on by the time navy seals iodine things like that but what we don't see and which is probably something that can't be determined straight away is the emotional impact of this too this is going to be a very emotional time for these boys after going through this ordeal being
separated from their team members that i think is going to be something very difficult for them now you've got four boys who are there they're in this team with their survival mode with everybody else and they're now part of that team is gone so that's got to be something that the boys who made it out already are feeling very emotional about and still the boys in there as well so those are the things they're going to come out over the coming days and obviously hopefully we're going to be seeing this this cycle of more boys coming out over the coming hours and coming. all right scott hyla giving us the update from china right thank you well here's a timeline of the efforts to find and free the boys and their coats they ventured into the cave on saturday june twenty third after a football practice one of the boy's mother is reported him missing when her son didn't come home that night for more than a week local and international divers search the caves braving flooding and treacherous conditions as the boy's parents held vigil outside then on july the second they are finally found alive deep inside the caves about four kilometers
from the entrance the following day food medical and oxygen supplies were immediately sent to the boy's extraction plans began but a tragedy on friday showed just how dangerous this operation is an elite diver died in the cave after passing out while returning from the chamber charlotte ballots looks more closely now at the enormous challenges of getting the rest of the boys out it's. the tome one cave is in northern thailand in the chiang rai province near the border with me and ma and laos it is one of the longest caves in the country stretching ten kilometers through the door mountain range the boys are stuck just past a coven known as party of beach now looking inside the mountain one point five kilometers from the main entrance navy seal team to set up a base and they have an unknown as chamber three three kilometers in a semi in junction it forks off to an exit but that's flooded the cave widens to
large cabins and narrows to passages so small that rescuers need to crew to get through the passageway climbs and drops which means when it rains water builds up in these steps four kilometers in is passing a bitch the boys are about four hundred meters after this spot and eight hundred to a thousand meters below the surface to get the boys out through the flooded patches rescuers have attached a guideline and daughters emergency oxygen tanks every twenty five to fifty meters the plan is that as they swim one navy diver will be beside them another one behind keep in mind some boys don't know how to swim there are strong currents and the water is dark and muddy they being given with suits boots helmets and a scuba mask but no tank the proposal being they'll get all from their dive buddy supply now take at least five hours to get each boy out so i know it may take a couple of days to complete the risk you. excuse me meteorologist of culture is
here to talk more about weather conditions and how it may impact that rescue operation and time was really of the essence there for this rescue operation but it seems like the rescuers they got a break with the weather it is monsoon season right now it is monsoon season and this month you would expect three hundred millimeters of rain in the whole month spread out but that would give you roughly ten minute me to the day if you were to . like that so if you haven't had rain for several days it's going to come at some point so if the water in the caves is quite low you've got to go now you go to use the window of opportunity with the weather while it's there and what is the forecast for the next few days because we know that this operation is not over yet that's right the next couple of days don't look too bad there will be some showers there always are but but not too heavy it's wednesday thursday looks like things are going to get pretty ropey down there and the rain is going to turn heavier and even if it rains away from the cave that still might mean that the cave might floods that's right the caves get water from somewhere but not exactly sure way if
it rains where the mouth of the cave is sure the water will just wash into the cave but maybe if it rains you know a few miles up the road then it will just drain into the caves because there's a lot of groundwater there it's got to come from somewhere how is monsoon season playing out compared to other years there very very lucky in two thousand and sixteen in the first week and a day which is what we've see of july it was ninety four millimeters of rain in china in two thousand and seventeen to one hundred twenty four this year eighteen just eighteen millimeters of rain you compare it to the other years there's been barely any they've been incredibly lucky all right thank you for putting that in perspective. as a u.s. national cave rescue mission coordinator here's what he told us earlier on. for the team themselves of course there's the risk that is as they're bringing the boys out
there can be something that goes wrong in one of the dives and either one of the boys panics or has some type of medical emergency such as vomiting into the regulator mask which is it can be deadly and if they panic they can potentially also take the rescuer with them so from a team standpoint that's one of the biggest dangers they face from the boy's standpoint of course those are also the same dangers the other fact that they that we have to look at is that they had nine days of starvation so they're still fairly weak they it takes a long time to recover from the nine days of starvation they had and they have not simply had that time to recover the situation did not allow them enough time to become fully strong and and i'm hoping that they have drilled well enough that there are any problems but it is still a huge risk these boys had nine.