Another boy rescued on Monday, 8 still inside cave

Another boy rescued on Monday, 8 still inside cave

The generals and other officials overseeing the desperate operation to rescue 12 young soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave labyrinth in Thailand's sweltering far north were only half joking when they quipped Monday that success was in the hands of the rain god Phra Pirun.

A Reuters witness near the Tham Luang caves in the northern province of Chiang Rai saw medical personnel carrying four people to waiting ambulances over the course of the day.

At least two more boys have been rescued from inside Thailand's Tham Luang Nang Non cave as the second phase of a rescue operation to evacuate a teen soccer team and its 25-year-old coach continues.

The foursome were taken to Prachanukroh hospital in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand, where they have undergone a number of tests, x-rays and health checks.

The mission to save all the trapped is a race against the clock with heavy rain expected this week which would again flood the tunnels with fast-flowing, rising water.

Dr. Harris on Saturday undertook the unsafe dive to reach the 12 Thai boys and their coach and later gave the final approval on the boys' health, clearing the way for the rescue attempt which commenced yesterday and succeed in bringing out four of the survivors, the paper reported.

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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. In a press conference last night he said it was up to the divers to decide whether it is possible to save all five at once, warning the plan worked best with four.

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The death Friday of a former Thai navy SEAL underscored the risks.

The submarine is small and light enough to be carried by two divers, and can navigate through the narrow submerged areas in the cave, which is said to be the biggest challenge in rescuing the children trapped in the cave.

The first four rescued boys have been placed in a ward set aside specifically for the cave rescue, a source at the hospital said.

He first tweeted about the situation in Thailand, which has been watched closely across the world since the boys and their coach were all miraculously found alive after nine days underground, on 4 July, saying he would be "happy to help if there is a way to do so". "We should hear good news again", Narongsak said. "The children complained that they were hungry and wanted holy basil stir-fried rice", Narongsak Osottanakorn, the head of the rescue operation, told reporters on Monday, referring to the popular Thai dish.

Officials are reportedly not telling parents their children are safe to prevent pain and anguish to the parents of boys still inside.

"I'm hoping for good news today".

The boys are being guided out of the cave by two divers with oxygen tanks.

Relatives said the boys had been inside the labyrinthine complex during the dry season.

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