Operation resumes to rescue boys trapped in flooded Thai cave


The operation resumed after a 10-hour hiatus. A group of 12 under-16 boys and their 25-year-old soccer coach went to explore Tham Luang Nang Non-cave in northern Chiang Rai province, Thailand after a practice match on June 23. "Hooyah", the Thai Navy SEALS wrote on their Facebook page Monday, referring to the boys' soccer team, the Wild Boars.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was scheduled to visit the site later Monday, after first traveling south to Phuket, where a boat capsizing resulted in 42 deaths, mostly tourists from China.

Ambulances were on standby to receive the next batch of boys who are expected to be plucked from the cave.

Officials suspended the rescue operation on Monday, after pulling an eighth boy from the cave, leaving four boys and their coach still inside.

Thai authorities say they have resumed operations to rescue members of a boys' soccer team trapped in a flooded cave after successfully getting four of the boys out Sunday. Channel News Asia has also reported seeing ambulances carrying the sixth and seventh boys arriving at the Chiang Rai hospital.

One boy was rescued Monday, the Thai navy confirmed. Previously, round trips through the cave network would take about 11 hours. Still, they were undergoing medical checks in a hospital and were not yet allowed close contact with relatives due to fear of infections, who were able to see them through a glass partition.

The fate of the boys and their coach has gripped Thailand and drawn global media attention.

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Finally, the 13 were discovered deep inside the mountain, fleeing rising waters and depleting oxygen levels.

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The first four boys were rescued on Sunday and are in a stable condition in hospital.

Divers have restarted their mission to rescue the eight members of a boys' soccer team and their coach who remain trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand.

The mission was paused overnight on Sunday for air tanks to be replaced.

Video provided by rescuers shows the first four boys being stretchered out of Tham Luang cave complex, where they had been trapped since Jun 23.

There was no word on the condition of any of the people brought out on Monday.

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

That makes for eight of the 13 people who have been trapped under increasingly risky conditions since late last month.

At the hospital in Chiang Rai, green canvas sheets had been put up to block the entrance from view. Officials said Monday that despite rain Monday morning, the weather was holding out so far.

Authorities have said the mission could take three or four days to complete.

The saga has stirred reaction from across the world of politics, sport and business, with American tech entrepreneur Elon Musk trailing the idea of dragging the kids free in a purpose-built escape pod to his 22.2 million-strong Twitter following.

After the four boys were removed from the cave, heavy rain started falling.

Following the successful evacuation on Sunday, rescue personnel assessed their performance and adjusted the plan for Monday, resulting in "a smooth, coordinated operation", deputy commander of the Third Army Maj Gen Chalongchai Chaiyakham told reporters. They became trapped in the cave after heavy rain flooded the passageways inside.

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