UPDATE: 7:35 a.m. All 12 boys on the Thai soccer team and their coach have been rescued safely from the cave where they’ve been stranded for two weeks.
ORIGINAL: CBS confirms the eleventh boy has been rescued from the Thailand cave, now the crews are working on rescuing the 12th boy and the soccer coach.
This is happening right now, during the third and officials hope, final, rescue mission in Thailand. Rescuers are optimistic that by the end of the day all of the soccer players and their coach will be out the cave, where they have been stranded for 17 days.
“Preliminarily, they had low body temperatures. So we’re taking care of them with body heating equipment,” said Jedsada Chokdumrongsuk, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Public Health.
Family members are only allowed to visit through class and are using hospital phones to speak with their sons.
Workers continue to pump water out of the cave to facilitate today’s rescue. It is expected to unfold like the other days of the rescue. Each boy wearing a diving mask as they enter the murky water.
The boys can barely see anything in front of them, and are led by a diver who is carrying their oxygen tank and is guided by a rope, another diver follows behind.
The entire journey takes about two and a half miles through both deep water and steep climbs. The biggest concern is the “pinch point” in the cave that is just 15 inches across.
In that area, the boys have to separate from the divers to fit through, and reach a small patch of dry land before going back down into the water.
Soccer’s governing body, FIFA, has invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday if they’re well enough to attend. Doctors at the hospital say it’s too soon, insisting they can watch it on TV.