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hand hour. tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the miracle rescue. the final five, the four boys and their coach. the divers going in to get them. two divers for each boy, one in the front, one behind them. the anxiety medication they gave the boys to keep them from panicking. and new reporting tonight about what happened inside the cave not long after pulling those final boys out. breaking news as we come on the air tonight. the thick plume of smoke over parts of los angeles. the fire exploding suddenly, endangering a well-known park near the iconic griffith observatory. and the tropical storm, now a hurricane, right off the east coast. the new warning. ginger zee is standing by. the battle under way tonight over president trump's nominee to the supreme court. judge brett kavanaugh. democrats now targeting his views on abortion and what kavanaugh has said about investigating a sitting president.
but is there anything democrats can do to stop the nomination? the outrage tonight over this video. the woman who rented a picnic table at a park, wearing a t-shirt with the puerto rican flag. the verbal attack, as many now point to the officer on the video simply standing by. and late today, the plane crash into a mountainside in alaska. and now the rescue effort. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night. and we have several developing stories. first, of course, that final rescue, and what happened right afterward. was a disaster narrowly averted? tonight, all 12 young soccer players and their coach are free, they're safe. the whole world watching and waiting after they were first discovered there. then, of course, that international crew of divers and engineers plotting to get them out. the last four boys and their coach were rescued today. then the four thai navy s.e.a.l.s who had stayed with them all that time after first discovered them in that cave,
giving a thumb's up. tonight, new reporting on this rescue. the medication given to the boys to keep them from panicking on their way out. and what we just learned. what happened in that cave right after the boys were rescued. abc's james longman leading us off tonight from the scene. >> reporter: the dark and perilous cave, a stifling home for the remaining four boys and their soccer coach. 10:08 this morning, the last rescue. 19 divers heading back in. the trip, just as frightening, just as dangerous. the threat of rain looming. the caves, a labyrinth of twisting tunnels. rescue workers seen wading in murky water up to their necks. the swim out in near total darkness. and tonight, we're learning all the boys were given medication to keep them from panicking. at times, the passageways so narrow, they traveled single file. teams of two divers pairing with each boy. one behind for support, the other in front, carrying their oxygen tanks. then, one by one, we saw convoys moving down the mountain to the
helicopters standing by. volunteers rejoicing at the news. the coach, weaker than all those boys, evacuated. just behind me, they are the flashing lights, that is the police escort waiting for the last ambulance. this rescue, faster than the others. "this morning we made a promise, to get nine people out," the governor saying, "and we did it." niece they i ha these navy s.e.a.l. divers and medic waiting to leave until everyone was safe. giving a thumb's up tonight. they stayed with the boys in the cave since they were found over a week ago. >> how many of you? >> reporter: the once unthinkable now a miraculous reality. the last ambulance arriving at the hospital after 18 days. jubilation in the streets. tonight, thailand's most precious soccer team reunited, under isolation in the hospital. two of the children have pneumonia and they are highly susceptible to infection.
and their diet, bland foods, with a treat of bread and chocolate. but a health official saying they will not be allowed direct contact with visitors until their blood tests come back. meaning another agonizing wait for their parents, who haven't held their sons in over two weeks. they are grateful for the hundreds who volunteered on this mountain. the cave is just up this road, but for days, this has been blocked off. they haven't allowed press in here. we passed so many on the road, exhausted, but smiling. trucks of navy s.e.a.l.s driving away to cheers of those nearby. finally heading home, their mission complete. >> and james longman joins us tonight from outside the cave there. james has been on the scene for days. what an incredible day today. we can actually hear the rain falling behind you. and we're learning tonight that the parents of the children are still waiting to see their boys, but that those parents have also written a letter to the coach? >> reporter: that's right, david. the letter was written while the team was still trapped.
the parents saying, quote, we're not mad at you at all, do take good care of yourself and don't forget to cover yourself with a blanket, as the weather is cold. we're worried. those parents clearly grateful the coach cared so deeply for their children. david? >> james longman leading us off tonight. james, thank you. and i mentioned, you could hear the rain there, right behind james. that's not the only thing that happened right after this rescue was completed. we learned tonight of new details of what took place right after those boys were pulled out, when divers went in to try to retrieve all of the equipment. so, let's get to abc's matt gutman, who talked to thai authorities, and matt, this was really something, what they told you. >> reporter: that's right, david. when the operation got under way, it was raining harder than it is right now. and according to those thai military officials who were directly involved in the operation, after those navy s.e.a.l.s and the other rescuers got those four boys, the coach and those four thai navy s.e.a.l.s out of the cave, other rescuers and 80 or 90 thai navy
s.e.a.l.s were in there, picking up their equipment, when suddenly, that main pump that had been taking out hundreds of millions of gallons over the past two and a half weeks, gave way. suddenly, the third cavern began to fill with water, then the second, then the first. the s.e.a.l.s and the rescuers had to flee for their lives, had to abandon all of their equipment, leaving hundreds of air tanks behind. they told me it was incredibly harrowing and it was a disaster nearly averted, david. >> wow. matt gutman, james longman. our thanks to our entire team on the ground and the heroic work of all of those divers. tonight, right here, step by step, this triumphant rescue, 18 days. and the boys, their families and how they ended up at that cave in the first place. a remarkable special edition of "20/20" tonight, 9:00 p.m. eastern. i'll see you then. but in the meantime, we're going to move to the other breaking news at this hour. from los angeles tonight, a plume of smoke hovering over parts of that city. the fire breaking out late today, forcing the evacuation of the famous griffith park observatory. you can see flames burning close, actually, to the crowds who were right there in the popular park.
but again, we've learned that observatory has been shut down tonight. this comes amid the intense heat in the west. so, let's get right to chief meteorologist ginger zee, she's tracking the fire, the conditions and the tropical storm that became a hurricane today off the east coast. but ginger, first, the fire and that heat. >> reporter: yes, intense heat and very dry conditions. david, let's look right at the maps. because the relative humidity, we have it plotted on here, the brown and white, extremely dry. bakersfield, california, relative humidity, 18%. as we look at that map. medford, oregon, an excessive heat watch. but you go east a little, utah, colorado, new mexico and arizona, flash flood potential, because of that monsoon moisture. debris flows possible, especially on fresh burn areas. and we'll look at hurricane chris. yes, it's a hurricane now. 85-mile-per-hour max sustained winds, moving northeast at 10 miles per hour. this thing will impact land only in the way of rip currents. ocean city beach, maryland, patrol tells us they've rescued 141 people just yesterday. david? >> wow.
so be aware of the rip currents. ginger zee, our thanks to you, as well, tonight. we're going to turn next here to the supreme court battle heating up tonight. president trump's nominee, judge brett kavanaugh, arriving at the capitol today, to meet with the senators who will decide his fate. judge kavanaugh's views on abortion and on what he said about criminal investigations involving a sitting president will also be under the microscope. but do democrats have the math to do anything about this nomination? here's our chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tonight. >> reporter: president trump congratulated himself today on a supreme court pick he predicts will get support across the board. >> brett kavanaugh has gotten rave reviews, rave reviews. actually, from both sides. >> reporter: on capitol hill, judge kavanaugh set out to win over the senate. >> we're going to have a thorough process, hopefully it's efficient. we get it done quickly. >> reporter: republicans, for the most part, are giving rave reviews. >> not only would you want him to be a judge, if you're a reasonable person, i think you'd
also like him to be your neighbor. >> reporter: but with republicans clinging to a single vote majority in the senate, democrats are gearing up for an epic battle. >> i'm going to fight this nomination with everything i've got. >> reporter: and no issue looms larger than abortion. >> there's every reason to believe he would overturn roe. >> reporter: kavanaugh himself seemed to address that as his nomination was announced, talking about the importance of precedent, respecting past court decisions. >> a judge must interpret the constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent. >> reporter: with kavanaugh there's unlikely to be many secrets. he has a massive public record, from his 12 years as a federal judge, his experience as an official in the bush white house and as a key lieutenant of independent counsel kenneth starr during the investigation of bill clinton. years later, he questioned the merits of investigating a president, writing, quote, the indictment and trial of a sitting president would cripple
the federal government, rendering it unable to function with credibility. democrats are pouncing on that. >> no investigation of a president. is it any wonder that president trump chose kavanaugh? >> he chose the one person that has written that he should have immunity from any investigation. >> judge kavanaugh, if he is a justice, would be the swing vote in deciding whether he can pardon himself. get out of jail free pass. >> all right, jon karl with us live again tonight from the white house. and jon, as you reported right there, brett kavanaugh, an architect of the starr report. that, of course, the investigation into bill clinton when he was impeached. but on the other hand, he also wrote in 2009 that, quote, the indictment and trial of a sitting president would cripple the federal government, rendering it unable to function with credibility. a lot of democrats seizing on those words because of the current mueller investigation. >> reporter: democrats are already hitting that hard, david. although many of them would likely have agreed with kavanaugh back when he wrote
that in 2009. the vice president was just asked a little while ago whether or not kavanaugh's views on that had anything to do with the president's decision to nominate him. vice president pence said, quote, i don't believe it did. >> jon karl with us. jon, thanks, as always. and jon, as you know, president trump is in europe tonight, preparing for that contentious meeting with america's chief allies. he and the first lady have arrived in brussels, where that nato summit begins tomorrow. but even during their flight there, the president was still sending out angry tweets, blasting some american allies, while saying that meeting with the russian president might be easier. abc's senior foreign correspondent ian pannell reporting from belgium tonight. >> reporter: today, president trump on the move and on the offensive, attacking the very people he's off to meet. >> nato has not treated us fairly, but i think we'll work something out. we pay far too much and they pay far too little. >> reporter: even a mile high on air force one, the attacks on america's allies didn't let up. the president tweeting, "many
countries in nato, which we're expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment, but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made. will they reimburse the u.s.?" it's true that some nato countries aren't yet spending the agreed upon amounts for their own defense, but the president's persistent claim they owe the u.s. men is false. >> i'll see nato and i'm going to tell nato, you got to start paying your bills. the united states is not going to take care of everything. >> reporter: the president's tone today, sharply different when he spoke of his upcoming meeting with vladimir putin. >> i have nato, i have the uk, which is in somewhat turmoil and i have putin. frankly, putin may be the easiest of them all. who would think? >> reporter: american intelligence agencies say putin interfered in the 2016 election, but the president still doesn't seem to accept that. >> mr. president, would you say vladimir putin is a friend or a foe?
>> i really can't say right now. as far as i'm concerned, a competitor. he's a competitor. >> reporter: today, from the presidents of the european counsel, a stern warning. >> dear america, appreciate your allies. after all, you don't have that many. >> and ian pannell joins us tonight from brussels. and ian, former texas senator kay bailey hutchison is the current u.s. ambassador to nato. and we took note today that while in brussels, reporters were pressing her on the president's comments, asking her why would a meeting with president putin be easier man meeting with u.s. allies? >> reporter: yeah, a great question, david, but in actual fact, there was pretty much not much of an answer. she didn't say anything other than the president has a message to give, and he's going to deliver it. meanwhile, the head of the european counsel doubling down on his criticism of president trump, saying when he meets vladimir putin, he needs to know the difference between a strategic friend and a strategic problem. david? >> ian pannell. ian, our thanks to you. and back here at home, the trump administration facing that deadline to reunite children under 5 who had been separated
from their parents. well tonight, faces of some of the children today seeing their parents, many children under 5 still are waiting to be reunited. they're in the government's custody. and we ask tonight, what about the thousands of other children who are older than 5? here's abc's tom llamas. >> reporter: tonight, these three children moved from a minivan into an i.c.e. facility. but they are the lucky ones. back in their parents' arms, because of a court-issued deadline, requiring the government to reunite migrant children under 5 years old who were separated from their parents at the border. this father from honduras seeking asylum says he's ben separated from his son for more than three months. but now, back together, his son beaming. but there are still so many in limbo. the government saying only 38 kids out of the 102 being detained will be reunited by today's deadline. >> the government was absolutely cavalier in not creating a tracking system. it was a horrific intentional policy to separate these children.
>> reporter: the mass separations, a result of the president's zero tolerance immigration policy. today, he was asked about his administration missing the >> tell people not to come to our country illegally. that's the solution. don't come to our country illegally. come like other people do, come legally. >> reporter: nearly 3,000 other children, 5 and older, remain separated from their parents. including this man, whose son turns 7 next week. hi says he can't sleep, all >> that is a big question. tom with us tonight. his son is 6 years old, right, and a lot of people are asking, what about the children that are older than 6, thousands of them still waiting to be reunited. >> reporter: well, the rest of the children are under court order to be reunited with their parents by july 26th. but in some cases, and we saw this today with about two dozen kids, something comes up in a background check or for logistical reasons, their parents have been deported, they can't be reunited. but the judge was very clear today.
these deadlines are firm. the government has to follow them unless they have a good reason not to reunite. >> all right, tom. you'll stay on this and thanks for being here all last week, by the way. we turn to the other breaking headline we're following. late this afternoon, a dramatic rescue was under way after a float-equipped plane crash into the mountain wilderness. coast guard helicopters searching for the plane near ketchikan after the pilot called 911. fog, terrain, slowing the rescue, but we're told tonight that all ten passengers and the pilot are alive. the injured are being treated while we're on the air. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the american tourist killed. she was shot by a stray bullet. the wife was celebrating her first anniversary with her husband. and now, the new warning tonight for american travelers. the outrage this evening over this video. the woman who rented a picnic table in a park wearing a t-shirt with the puerto rican flag. the verbal attack that followed, and many now pointing to the police officer seen in the video, appearing to simply stand by. and news tonight coming in about george clooney, after he was injured in that motorbike accident, reportedly crashing at
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