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More Boys Rescued From Thailand Cave

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Gustavo Carr | 10 July, 2018, 09:31

Look inside the Tham Luang Cave area in northern Chiang Rai province of Thailand to see the hard task of saving the trapped 12 boys and their football coach.

In an atmosphere of growing confidence, close to jubilation, the rescuers said that, having rescued eight boys, they expected to bring out the final four boys later today.

At a news conference, Jedsada Chokdumrongsuk, permanent secretary at the Public Health Ministry, said the first four boys rescued, aged 12 to 16, are now able to eat normal food, though they can't yet take the spicy food favoured by many Thais.

Narongsak said Monday's rescues involving 18 divers and a support team of 100 had taken nine hours, two fewer than the rescues on Sunday.

On Sunday, officials said it could "take days" to rescue the remaining boys and their coach.

Mr Narongsak allayed concerns that recent heavy rain might have raised water levels, saying conditions were "as good as yesterday" "We should hear good news again", he added.

Thai officials had said Sunday that they were temporarily suspending the rescue effort so they could replenish oxygen supplies and other gear.

Four boys were rescued on Monday, joining the first four boys who were extracted Sunday evening in the hospital.

In a drama that has received press coverage across the world, two British cave rescue specialists, workign with Thai military teams, found the 13 on a bank in a partly flooded chamber several kilometers inside the complex on Monday, last week.

The second phase of a rescue operation has ended for the day, with more than half of the Thai soccer team rescued from the cave.

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More rescue efforts to free the remaining five boys and their coach are underway.

Ambulances and a helicopter were seen rushing from the cave site on Monday.

4 boys were brought out safely from the cave, but the mission was paused to replace the air tanks.

12 young children and their football coach have been stuck in a partially flooded cave in Thailand's Chiang Rai province since June 23rd, and they're beginning to run out of oxygen.

Still, the four were undergoing medical checks in a hospital in Chiang Rai city, the provincial capital, and were not yet allowed close contact with relatives, due to fear of infections.

People across Thailand cheered the rescue operation, including at the Mae Sai Prasitsart school where six of the trapped boys are students.

The safety of the divers, who have meticulously planned the mission, is also paramount. "Some of them had gone to rest, some others are preparing for the next operation".

The death on Friday of a former Thai navy Seal, Saman Gunan, underlined the risks.

Another and perhaps more worrying concern was that oxygen levels in the complex were falling close to unsafe levels.