Boys Have Been Rescued From Thailand Cave

Boys Have Been Rescued From Thailand Cave

Boys Have Been Rescued From Thailand Cave

Medics appeared to remove one person on a stretcher but hid the person's identity behind multiple white umbrellas.

But with the rainy season just beginning, it has become clear that the flooding which originally trapped the boys will only get worse in the coming days. A rescuer said they have been ordered to be ready to resume the operation at 8am today.

A short official video released by the rescue operation late on Sunday showed four ambulances with their lights flashing driving up the muddy dirt track that leads to the cave complex.

Authorities in northern Chiang Rai province began the unsafe mission to bring out the 12 boys and their football coach earlier on Sunday.

There was scattered rain in the area of the cave on Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.

"Our job is not completely done", Mr Narongsak said.

"If we wait and the rain comes in the next few days we will be exhausted again from pumping and our readiness would drop".

Junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha said Monday he doesn't know when the rest of the youth football team trapped inside a Chiang Rai cave will be rescued. If the rain continues - if the heavy rain continues, it could set the operation back considerably.

The four boys pulled from the cave Sunday in an urgent and risky operation that involved them diving through the cave's dark, tight and twisting passages were happy and in good health, authorities said. Thai navy SEALs say four of the 12 soccer team members are out of the cave. "We can't visit our boys in hospital because they need to be monitored for 48 hours", Somboon told Reuters.

A United States military personnel carries an oxygen cylinder at the Tham Luang cave complex, where 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach are trapped inside a flooded cave, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 8, 2018.

"Now and in the next three or four days, the conditions are ideal [for evacuation] in terms of the water, the weather and the boys' health", said Narongsak, governor of the Chiang Rai province, where the caves are.

The search and rescue operation has riveted people both in Thailand and internationally, with journalists from across the globe traveling to this town along the border with Myanmar to report on the ordeal.

The rescue operation has been put on hold until today while compressed air tanks are replaced.

The next phase of the operation would start Monday after rescue teams replenish the supply of oxygen tanks along the route to ensure the safety of the journey, which takes several hours.

An 18-man rescue team - comprised of 13 foreign divers and five Thai Navy SEALs - are rescuing the young boys, aged 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach. The boys were dived out from the cave one by one, escorted by two divers at one time.

How are the boys being moved? One option to get them out of the cave is to teach them to dive and swim out of the cave.

They were guided by expert divers who plotted the hours-long escape through more than four kilometres (2.5 miles) of twisting passageways and flooded chambers.

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