Published: Wed, July 11, 2018

4 more boys rescued from Thai cave, bringing total to 8

4 more boys rescued from Thai cave, bringing total to 8

The bid to rescue the boys - aged between 11 and 16 - and their 25-year-old soccer coach got going again after a break late on Sunday to replenish the team's oxygen supplies and make other preparations deep inside the cave. "(But) the mission is not over yet", Prayut said.

Narongsak said Monday's rescues involving 18 divers and a support team of 100 had taken nine hours, two fewer than the rescues Sunday. "From what I've seen in the clip, they did look skinny", he said. They are all members of a youth soccer team called the Wild Boars.

A diving crew is now making the treacherous journey to save the group of 13 boys aged 11-16 and their football coach who are trapped by flooded tunnels. On Monday, four more were rushed to a hospital. Thai navy SEALs are leading the effort, but more than 90 rescue workers from around the world have been laboring in and around the dark, twisting cave.

The rescue began on Sunday.

The perilous rescues have involved two divers accompanying each boy, all of whom have been learning to dive since July 2, when searchers found them.

The Thai Navy Seal Facebook page has confirmed reports that eight of the boys have now been rescued.

Another four boys were taken out on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance.

The acting governor of the province's capital, Chiang Rai, Narongsak Osatanakorn said they have been training on the plan for several days and the team successfully managed to decrease the flood level.

There was no word on the condition of any of the people brought out on Monday. Four have been rescued.

During the press conference, Thai authorities said they were hoping it wouldn't rain for the rest of the rescue operation so that the process could be faster.

Pad Krapao is a basil rice meal with stir-fried pork or chicken, topped with a fried egg.

It is reported that the remaining four youngsters and their coach will remain in the cave for another night.

Among those are USA military partners, British cave diving experts - including the two men who first located the boys a week ago - and rescue workers from Australia, China and other countries.

"The four children are well at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital".

Authorities have said the boys are being held close to divers and wear oxygen masks to enable normal breathing.

He also urged the media to behave respectfully.

The ordeal has riveted Thailand and captured the world's attention.

That brings to three the number of ambulances that have left the site Monday during the second day of a high-risk operation to bring the boys out of a labyrinth cave system made up of tight passageways and flooded chambers.

"We have not been told which child has been brought out". But a father of one of the boys told Reuters parents "can't visit our boys in hospital" and that "we have not been told which child has been brought out".

"I'm hoping for good news today", he said.

"No hugging" or "touching" would be allowed between the boys and their relatives, however, until all medical tests are completed, the official said.

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