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First person removed from Thai cave on second day of rescue mission

First person removed from Thai cave on second day of rescue mission

The Facebook page of the Thai Navy SEALs, who have been central to the rescue operation, was updated Monday night to say "two days, eight boars" - a reference to the Wild Boars, the name of the boys' soccer team.

Rescuing the remaining boys and coach could take two to four days, and depended on the weather, an army commander involved in the mission said.

Classmates react after a teacher announces that some of the 12 schoolboys who were trapped inside a flooded cave, have been rescued, at Mae Sai Prasitsart school, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 9, 2018.

Officials said Monday that the first four rescued boys were all "good and happy" after spending 16 days trapped inside the cave but that they were complaining of being "hungry".

The good news today, he said, was that the rescue team spent nine hours - two hours faster than they did a day earlier - from the time they went deeper into the cave to extract the four survivors until they emerged safely from the cave. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who paid a visit to the site on Monday evening, also turned up at the hospital to meet the rescued boys. Musk said the submarine is expected to arrive in Thailand around 11 p.m. Monday, local time. Monsoon flooding blocked off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days.

Over the weekend, the Thai government successfully rescued four boys who had been trapped in the cave since June 23.

The unsafe underwater rescues - considered a last resort - involve two divers accompanying each of the boys, none of whom had experience diving before they were found on July 2.

Rescuers plan to return to the bowels of the cave on Tuesday and expressed confidence that all of the boys and their coach will soon be freed.

Workers have been laboring around the clock to pump water out of the cave, and authorities said Monday that heavy downpours overnight did not raise water levels inside.




ABC News' Matt Gutman reports on the ongoing effort in Thailand to rescue the trapped soccer players and their coach.

Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand's navy SEAL unit are taking part in the rescue operation.

An Australian doctor with cave diving experience examined the boys on Sunday and declared them fit for the operation, authorities said.

A total of eight boys have now been taken out of the Tham Luang Nang Non cave, according to the Thai navy SEAL group, which has a leading role in the rescue operation. Now, having used all the oxygen supplies, they'll need between 10 and 20 hours to resupply before resuming the rescue mission.

"We have caves here in the Midwest that are equally risky, I would have to say, to the ones that are found in Thailand".

A video published by the Thai PBS channel earlier on Monday also showed a person on a stretcher - most likely the first boy to be rescued on Monday - being transferred to a helicopter. Cave exploring is something they usually do after practices, but this excursion proved costly after they were trapped by the heavy rains. "From what I've seen in the clip, they did look skinny". "And we have more expertise than yesterday", he said.

In a letter of his own, the coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, apologized to the boys' parents for the ordeal.

Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said they "hope to hear good news in the next few hours".

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