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Thailand Cave Rescue: 8th Boy Emerges on Second Day of Dangerous Mission

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Deanna Wagner | 10 July, 2018, 01:32

"Everything is all good - weather, water and the boys' conditions", he said, adding, "We will speed up [the operation]". The four boys survived the treacherous journey through the Tham Luang caves, all emerging to walk unscathed into the hands of waiting medics.

Authorities in northern Chiang Rai province began the unsafe mission to bring out the 12 boys and their coach earlier on Sunday. The rescued boys are in quarantine, BBC News reports.

The only way to bring everyone out of the cave is by navigating dark and tight passageways filled with muddy water, strong currents and oxygen-depleted air.

Wearing full-face masks, the youngsters swam - for the first time in their lives - through miles of mud-clogged underwater tunnels which claimed the life of an elite Thai navy diver on Friday.

The soccer team seen in the cave last week, before anyone was rescued.

The operation began at 11 am (local time) and took nine hours, two fewer than Sunday, with rescuers helped by the experience they've accumulated, Narongsak told a news conference punctuated with rounds of applause. Authorities have said the mission could take up to four days to complete and heavy rain is forecast in the coming days.

Phuwadech Kamnguen, a 14-year-old best friend of one of the trapped boys, said he's looking forward to eating KFC with the team again.

The entire operation to get all 13 out of the cave could last two to four days, depending on weather and water conditions, army Maj.

The second rescue involved numerous same divers who evacuated the first four boys Sunday, former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn told reporters.

Thai Royal Navy inside the Tham Luang cave on July 7.

Four more boys and their coach remain trapped inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex.

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The boys and their coach, whose team is known as the Wild Boars, became stranded when they were exploring the cave after a practice game on June 23.

Thai officials say four boys were brought out of a flooded cave in northern Thailand on Monday.

Delight as the first of the trapped Thai boys freed from cave after more than two weeks deep underground.

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.

The four boys pulled from the cave Sunday in an urgent and risky operation that involved them diving through the cave's tight and twisting passages were in good health.

But with oxygen levels inside dropping to unsafe lows and the prospect of heavy rains flooding the area completely, authorities decided they had to move quickly, and take the group out through the water-filled tunnels. There was some rain on Sunday, which caused some water to go into the cave, but officials were able to pump an nearly equal amount of water out.

Authorities temporarily stopped their efforts Monday to replenish air tanks along the cave's treacherous exit route.

An update Saturday from the Thai navy said three navy SEALs were with the boys and their coach, one a doctor.

Officials will have to spend about 20 hours preparing all the necessary support equipment, said the former governor, adding that he was confident the rescue team would be able to operate with greater ease and to shorten the time spent by between 4-5 hours.

"Very courageous and talented people!" he tweeted.