Australian physician chosen boys to rescue first

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AN AUSTRALIAN physician’s triaging of 12 boys trapped in a collapse northern Thailand might have led to the rescue of 4 of the weakest kids first.

Chiang Rai former governor Narongsak Osottanakorn, who’s heading the rescue operation, had mentioned Sunday was the “excellent day” to launch the daring rescue earlier than heavy rain was once more anticipated inundate the Tham Luang caves, 60km from Chiang Rai.

The preliminary plan was to convey the strongest out first.

However after Adelaide cave diver and anaesthetist Richard Harris, 53, assessed the children and their coach that technique seems to have been reversed, Thai media has reported.

Including to the speculation is the comparatively brief time it took to retrieve the 4 boys from the cave due to the decrease water ranges, which meant they may wade by way of some sections of the underground labyrinth as a substitute of diving. Narongsak advised a press convention late Sunday the rescue operation, launched at 10am, had taken “hours sooner than anticipated”.

Additional including to hypothesis that the weakest have been rescued first was the situation of the primary boy taken from the cave.

Mongkol Boonpiem, 13, emerged from the cave at 5.37pm and was taken to Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital.

Thai media reported one of many 4 boys was in a important situation and a household good friend advised a reporter it was Mongkol, the weakest of the group, whose situation has since stabilised.

“I feel Narongsak and the commanders modified their minds after the Australian physician inspected the boys’ well being and psychological state,” one senior Thai journalist mentioned.

“They determined to take the weakest out first.” The boys aged 11 to 16 are members of the Mu Pa Academy Mae Sai soccer membership and have been trapped contained in the Tham Luang cave with their coach, Ekapol Chantawong, 25, since June 23.

Dr Harris was requested by different worldwide divers on the cave website to hitch the rescue operation.

He has 30 years’ diving expertise and was concerned within the retrieval of the physique of stunt diver Agnes Milowka who died at Millicent, South Australia, in 2011.

Eight Australian divers, six from the Australian Federal Police, are a part of the 90-strong Thai and worldwide diving workforce collaborating within the operation.

It’s additionally understood the choice to ban the media, totalling about 1000, from the world across the cave entrance on Sunday was to facilitate sooner ambulance entry to the freeway to get the rescued boys to a soccer area the place they might be taken by helicopter to the Chiang Rai hospital.

The rescue operation is because of resume at 8am on Monday.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is scheduled to go to Chiang Rai within the afternoon.

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