Published: Wed, July 11, 2018

Eight boys now rescued from flooded cave in Thailand

Eight boys now rescued from flooded cave in Thailand

Ambulances and rescue crews have returned to the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in northern Thailand for a second operation to free more trapped boys.

Rescue operations were stopped Sunday evening post the rescue of four boys to replace air tanks and supplies, and it resumed Monday morning. Four boys and their football coach are still trapped inside the cave.

Elite divers hauled four more young footballers out of a flooded Thai cave on Monday, authorities said, bringing to eight the number saved in a stunning rescue mission but still leaving five others trapped.

The second phase began at 11 a.m. local time, which is midnight Eastern time.

Writing in elegant Thai script, the boys urged their parents not to worry, adding that they hoped they wouldn't get too much homework after being rescued and couldn't wait to eat their favourite foods again.

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The leaders overseeing the desperate and risky rescue of 12 young soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave labyrinth in northern Thailand were only half joking when they quipped that success was in the hands of the rain god Phra Pirun.

Authorities have refused to confirm names reported in local media, but in the small town of Mae Sai where the cave is located, it's all anybody is talking about.

That means the fifth boy's rescue took about just under six hours, or an hour less than the day before when the first four were brought out. Two divers are helping each one make his way through very narrow tunnels that twist and turn, and filled with dark muddy water. But the rain largely held off on Monday.

A source inside the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital where the first four boys are being kept said their condition was "not bad" but doctors were watching for signs of emerging conditions such as hypothermia.


"The medical team is considering whether to let closest relative visit them", Osotthanakorn said. Visitors would need to wear sanitized clothes and stay two meters away from the children.

Officials said on Sunday that it may "take days" to rescue all 12 boys and their coach.

The cave rescue mission went faster than practice drills over the last few days, according to Osotthanakorn. Previously, round trips through the cave network would take about 11 hours.

Five boys have been rescued till now, and divers are continuing with the rescue operations. Two other boys came out at 7:40 p.m. and 7:50 p.m.

Another video from Thai PBS showed an ambulance arriving at the hospital in Chiang Rai.

Onlookers watch and cheer during the rescue operation.

The twelve boys and their coach were discovered four kilometers into the cave complex by two British divers on July 2, nine days after they abandoned their bicycles and ventured inside only to become trapped by flood water. Highlighting the extreme dangers, a former Thai Navy SEAL died Friday while replenishing the oxygen canisters placed along the route to the boys' damp refuge.

None of the boys have scuba diving experience and experts have warned they could easily panic while swimming underwater in darkness.

Thai premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha was also due to visit the rescue operation late on Monday.

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