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First boys emerge from Tham Laung cave

CHIANG RAI: The first four boys made their way out through the flooded Tham Luang cave this evening (July 8), and were immediately airlifted to a hospital for medical treatment.

By Bangkok Post

Sunday 8 July 2018, 08:23PM

Two ambulance are seen leaving the military airport in Chiang Rai to a nearby hospital after taking passengers from a helicopter as divers evacuated some of the 12 boys and their coach trapped at Tham Luang cave this evening (July 8). Photo: AFP

Two ambulance are seen leaving the military airport in Chiang Rai to a nearby hospital after taking passengers from a helicopter as divers evacuated some of the 12 boys and their coach trapped at Tham Luang cave this evening (July 8). Photo: AFP

The first two emerged from the entrance of the cave shortly before 6pm.

One of the first boys to emerge from the labyrinthine cave network in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai, was Mongkol Boonpiem, 13, according to sources. The name of the other was not immediately released.

The third boy came out of the cave at 7:15pm, sources in the operation said, adding three others had reached Chamber 3 and they are being assessed their health conditions before rescuers take them out of the cave.

The Royal Thai Navy Seal confirmed later that three had been safely escorted out of the flooded cave. It added later that the fourth was brought out of the cave at 7:47pm.

The first ambulances carrying the first two boys have arrived at Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital, where the boys will receive medical treatment. The third boy will soon be airlifted to the hospital.

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A source said the rest of the group will be taken out in a later stage.

The remaining boys and their coach will follow during the final stage of the week-long operation after rescuers decided today to bring the 13 out at 10am due to concerns that more rainfall could send more water into the cave. Rescuers earlier expected the first arrivals at the cave mouth at about 9pm.

All are members of the Mu Pa Academy Mae Sai football club. Twelve young footballers and their coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, entered the cave on June 23 and floodwater blocked their return, leading to one of the largest rescue operations in the history of the country.


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Jor12 | 14 July 2018 - 23:16:49

You haven't addressed why you haven't consulted lawyers to own land and why immigrants can become billionaires, when the lazy or not too bright are still filling out forms and want everything on plate and handed to them. Surely these billionaires work hard and get on with it, rather than sit behind a computer all day and whinge.

Pauly44 | 14 July 2018 - 17:43:48

@ematt: Not a thing to do with attitude,  just simple observation and common sense, something you appeared to have left on the tarmac on arrival if there was ever any to begin with, gotta love these expats that either choose to ignore reality or are just simply too thick to comprehend what really goes on.

Christy Sweet | 14 July 2018 - 08:45:35

Large investors  under the BOI do enjoy lessened restrictions but for us retirees, teachers and the like, the country is hostile- mainly with immigration hassles due to inconsistent application of rules. 

Christy Sweet | 14 July 2018 - 08:39:46

Under the Amity Treaty, Americans can own all but two shares of a 20, 00 share company, 
99.99  % - but that company cannot own land. 
I'm just sick of the constant running down death track 2018  to  town. Please give us an Immigration  office at the airport or maybe even at the headquarters?  I'll pay the 500 for a Cert residence (no receipt .) 

ematt | 13 July 2018 - 18:51:50

If you are feeling "unwanted" here it is probably because of your [edited] attitude. I'd want you out of my country too! Personally, I have always felt welcome here (as long as I respect the culture, its customs, and the law). Otherwise, why on earth would you stay here??

Pauly44 | 13 July 2018 - 18:09:28

The law is foreigners cannot own land or a controlling stake in any Thai company which owns the land, or use inactive Thai nominees as shareholders that is the law, very different to other countries,  anything you think you own can easily be taken away from you unlike Australia which if you are a legal resident you have the same rights as Australian citizens.

Jor12 | 13 July 2018 - 16:56:21

Not according to the reports on here... "Point being Thailand discourages foreign property ownership / investment" If you don't know how to properly utilise the law or afford a decent lawyer to help you understand, that's your problem. Strange how the immigrant tycoons can make it. It's no wonder others can't and have to whinge on PN.

Pauly44 | 13 July 2018 - 15:51:36

What a load of rubbish from the resident apologists, so why can't I own a piece of land in my name for my family to live on, why does a company need to be 51% owned by Thai's, why do I need to show 2mb capital to obtain a work permit, you must have your heads in the sand or up somewhere else, you need to wake up, you fools Thailand wants your $$$ but not you! 

ematt | 13 July 2018 - 15:05:05

Wake up! Thailand does not "discourage foreign investment" or discriminate against foreigners. Japan and China are huge sources of foreign direct investment and Japanese nationals make up the largest number of work permit holders in the country. Discriminate against bigoted, whinging, old white guys? Probably.

Jor12 | 13 July 2018 - 13:45:02

You allege that Thais discourage foreign ownership, whereas some of the tycoons in Thailand are either immigrants or second or third generation immigrants. The partner of Red Bull Empire is not Thai. Thaksin Shinawatra is of Chinese heritage and so different to any other country. 

Jor12 | 13 July 2018 - 13:16:24

Try getting into the USA first.  Spot the Aussie in Sydney is because they have legitimate rights to be there, not like the likes of Adani who want to buy everything. Your point about discouragement is wrong. As has been pointed out, other countries do the same thing. It's what the people want. If you don't like it, take steps to change it to however you like it, but good luck with that.

Sir Burr | 13 July 2018 - 11:40:35

 Still in the honeymoon phase? Thais can do no wrong?
Try the UK, or USA. Totally free for foreigners to own land in their own name. It's called enlightened policy.

Pauly44 | 13 July 2018 - 11:33:10

Point being Thailand discourages foreign property ownership / investment, other civilized first world forward thinking countries welcome it, get it!

Jor12 | 13 July 2018 - 10:38:45

More ill informed nonsense again. Immigration policies all over the world are pretty much standard, because that's what the people want. Immigration in Australia has fallen dramatically for the first time in a decade, because of stringent vetting and reducing of lists of eligible skilled occupations, whereas in Thailand these lists have been expanded.  Consider what is happening to Angela Merk...

Pauly44 | 13 July 2018 - 09:59:09

Have you ever been to a Saturday morning property auction in Sydney, it's literally spot the Aussie, you haven't a clue what you're talking about!

Pauly44 | 13 July 2018 - 09:56:02

Australia is one of the most multicultural countries on earth, follow the laws and you can happily migrate there as a foreigner and have the same rights as Aussies born there, try doing that in Thailand as a "farang". Get back in your Thai bubble!

Jor12 | 12 July 2018 - 19:04:02

More nonsense again. In Australia try passing the Foreign review board when trying to buy property and one of the most stringent immigration Policies which the USA is emulating. They keep their illegal immigration boat people on offshore islands and pay the government to keep them there.  Same thing in Argentina particularly rural land. As stated there are variations concerning restrictions.

Pauly44 | 10 July 2018 - 20:05:39

Try Australia, Argentina, Canada, Croatia for a start! Other countries implement sensible property ownership laws not just locking foreigners out which is what Thailand does, what's wrong with a foreigner buying land for his family to live on?? Thailand is anti foreigner no matter how you cut it, they only want the foreign $$$ it's not hard to work out, only for you and apologist buddy.

Jor12 | 10 July 2018 - 14:32:35

Absolute nonsense. Name a country that does not do the same thing or variations of it. So, because of your claim, humans should not to show empathy and compassion or used up their holiday (Australia Specialist Doctor) and not bothered to assist someone in need?

Pauly44 | 09 July 2018 - 16:49:10

Shwe's comment is correct regarding the discrimination Thailand displays towards foreigners bordering on xenophobia, locking them out of everything to protect Thai Land, incredibly insecure and immature, luckily for them foreigners came to the rescue, these 2 apologists are either Thai or simply don't get it.

DeKaaskopp | 09 July 2018 - 14:39:05

Normal people would be happy about every kid saved.Some of the frustrated old grumpys here are whinging about foreign cave divers are not honoured enough or even start crying about 90 day reports or  not being able to buy land.That``s absolut ridiculous.

Jor12 | 09 July 2018 - 13:52:00

Your comment is disgusting and discredits the gallant efforts by rescuers world wide, who give of their time and expertise to a humanitarian cause. It is not only foreigners saving these children. At least get something right.

Shwe | 09 July 2018 - 05:53:03

Thai Authorities like to make it difficult for foreigners in Thailand, 90day reporting, reporting again if you stay even one night away from your registered address, cannot buy land, cannot own majority of any company, but who do they turn to when they need help, it is foreigners saving these boys

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