Eight Out Alive: More Daring Cave Rescue Success!

Eight Out Alive: More Daring Cave Rescue Success!

Osottanakorn said the second rescue involved numerous same divers who brought the four boys out on Sunday. Thai navy SEALs and a medic who had been stationed with the boys for days, preparing them for their dive, were brought out of the cave soon after.

Twelve young boys and their soccer coach were trapped in a cave in northern Thailand by floodwaters more than two weeks ago. Spokesmen said the objective of the visit was "to give moral support to the rescue team members".

Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue operation, said a team of divers went back into the cave Monday morning, local time.

The four boys pulled from the cave Sunday in an urgent and unsafe operation that involved them diving through the cave's tight and twisting passages were in good health.

Witnesses say the boys freed Monday were treated at a make-shift hospital at the site, before being taken to a local hospital.

Rescue mission chief Narongsak on Monday said the operation on the second day started at 11am. Monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days.

Four boys and the coach remain trapped in the cave.

As for the boys who have been rescued, they are in isolation and being monitored at a hospital for infection.

"All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave", the Thai Navy SEALS said in a Facebook post confirming the entire soccer team had been rescued.

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 favorite foods again.

Thai cave rescue: 4 ambulances transport more of trapped youth soccer team
The rescued boys were being treated by medics at the field hospital, and were later airlifted to a larger nearby hospital. The search and rescue operation has involved dozens of worldwide experts and rescuers, including a US military team.

The same elite divers involved in Sunday's rescue would conduct the next one, given their knowledge of the cave conditions, Thailand's interior minister said in a statement. Gen. Bancha Duriyapan told a news conference, punctuated by applause from the dozens of Thai and foreign journalists and others in attendance.

However, after news of the rescue of four boys emerged, Musk tweeted, "Hopefully useful". Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha was scheduled to make a second visit to the scene late on Monday and the president of soccer's governing body, FIFA, Gianni Infantino, today invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday if they make it out of the cave in time.

British, Australian, Chinese and Thai divers led them out, one tethered to each boy and one following from behind.

The global effort to save the group has paired divers in "buddy teams" with the remaining eight boys and their coach.

'A flash flood because of sudden heavy rain locked them in'. He said rescuers told the parents that the "strongest children" would be brought out first.

The boys brought out of the dark, winding cave on Monday are "safe and conscious", he told the media.

But the early signs on the initial eight were promising, with X-rays and blood tests showing just two had signs of pneumonia and that they were in a "normal state" after taking antibiotics, Jedsada said.

A green tarpaulin is used to cover the entrance of the Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital, where the four rescued boys are being kept in quarantine.

"I feel very happy, everybody is happy", said Hnin Jaiwong, the mother of one of the trapped boys, 13-year-old Sompong Jaiwong. On top of all the concerns inside the cave, Thailand's rainy season is looming.

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