Thailand Cave Rescue Latest: More Schoolboys Are Saved

One of two ambulances leave the cave in northern Thailand hours after operation began to rescue the trapped soccer players and their coach

The rescue will resume after authorities assess conditions in the cave, get a briefing on the initial rescues and replenish the oxygen tanks, Chiang Rai provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said at a press conference.

Channel News Asia reported seeing three helicopters flying from the cave toward Chiang Rai's city center, where the rescued boys are being treated in hospital. "And we will do it faster because we are afraid of the rain".

A source at the Chiang Rai hospital said that five emergency response doctors were awaiting the boys and a further 30 doctors were on stand-by.

Eight boys are still inside the cave and along with the team coach. Four others were extracted on Sunday.

The head of the rescue mission, Narongsak Osottanakorn, announced late on Sunday the first four children were brought out safely.

He said the boys rescued Sunday are strong and safe but need to undergo detailed medical checks.

The rescue mission has been a huge operation, led by the Royal Thai Navy's SEAL unit, and supported by a cast of hundreds.

That means the fifth boy's rescue took about just under six hours, or an hour less than the day before when the first four were brought out.

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. They were accompanied by two divers throughout.

Cave rescue experts consider an underwater escape to be a last resort, especially with people untrained in diving.

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.

Thailand's Meteorological Department said there was a 60 per cent chance of rain with more thunderstorms forecast throughout the week.

"We have caves here in the Midwest that are equally risky, I would have to say, to the ones that are found in Thailand". They have been stuck in the cave since June 23 after heavy rains flooded the Tham Luang Nan Non caves in Chiang Rai, a popular tourist attraction in the region. Monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days.

The ordeal has riveted Thailand and captured the world's attention.

Thirteen foreign and five Thai divers are taking part in the rescue operation. Last week, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk offered his support by promising to have a "kid-size submarine" built - and he came through with the help of engineers in his employ.

Musk posted videos on Twitter of the aluminum sub being tested at a swimming pool Sunday midafternoon California time. An international-level rescue mission began soon after, with hundreds of experts and military personnel from various countries arriving at the spot.

"The four children are fine".

The Tham Luang cave system is a snaking labyrinth of tunnels which are now flooded, making rescue complicated.

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