8 boys freed from Thai cave; rescuers working to save 5 others

Fighting time, high waters, divers prepare to rescue second group of Thai boys from cave

Fighting time, high waters, divers prepare to rescue second group of Thai boys from cave

The second phase of a rescue operation has ended for the day, with more than half of the Thai soccer team rescued from the cave.

Four boys and their coach remain in the cave Monday, CNN reports.

Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said at a press conference on Monday that the effort would involve the same divers. Sunday's mission took nine hours and plenty of energy, with each child being accompanied by two divers along the way.

"Good night. Hooyah." The boys and their coach, whose team is known as the Wild Boars, became stranded when they were exploring the cave after a practice game on June 23.

British divers discovered the 13, huddled on a muddy bank in a partly flooded chamber deep several kilometres inside the complex, on Monday last week.

An Australian doctor is at the center of the ongoing attempt to rescue the young soccer players and their coach trapped in the Tham Luang cave in Thailand's northern Chiang Rai Province. An ambulance was seen leaving the scene immediately afterward early Monday evening.

Rescue operation commander Narongsak Osottanakorn declined to say how many people would be taken out on Monday, but a Thai navy source said it was likely to be four or five.

She added that the four boys rescued on Sunday were hungry and asked for a local dish.

The names of the rescued boys have not been released out of respect for the families whose sons were still inside, and they have not been reunited with their own families, he added.

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The billionaire entrepreneur has been tweeting proposals and offering his services to the Thai government in its efforts to extract the 12 boys and their soccer coach from a partially flooded cave. Two divers were assigned to each child to help them navigate the risky, narrow passageways.

Rescuers need to hold the boys' oxygen tanks in front of them and swim pencil-like through submerged holes.

But four boys had emerged by 8 p.m., quite a bit ahead of schedule - and all the more remarkable because the boys are novice swimmers, with no diving experience. Seven boys remain trapped inside with their coach.

Workers have been laboring around the clock to pump water out of the cave, and authorities said Monday that heavy downpours overnight did not raise water levels inside. The hordes of global and local media have been kept back from the cave and the hospital in Chiang Rai, where the rescued boys are believed to be under observation. Kanet said the boys will be treated as disaster victims and given psychological evaluations and other assistance after their ordeal.

Each had to wear an oxygen mask to enable normal breathing, authorities said.

Officials last week said they would bring the fittest people in the group out first, but Narongsak later said that whoever was ready first would be escorted out.

Thailand's Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda said the divers who took part in Sunday's rescue were also conducting the current operation. None of those kids will have to spend any time inside the tiny submarine, but it could be developed further for similar rescue missions in the future.

Narongsak described Sunday's initial rescue bid as "D-Day" when it was launched, and there were fears that any one of many potential pitfalls could prove deadly.

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