First two of Thai soccer team rescued from cave

First two of Thai soccer team rescued from cave

At a news conference, Chiang Rai provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said that five Thai Navy SEALs and 13 foreign divers were involved in the rescue of the four boys.

This week, a former Thai Navy SEAL died after passing out during the journey through the cave, and officials said some of the boys are in poor condition from their long stay in the cave.

Onlookers watch and cheer as ambulances deliver boys rescued from a cave in northern Thailand to hospital in Chiang Rai after they were transported by helicopters on July 8, 2018 in Chiangrai, Thailand. "It was a very smooth operation today", he added.

The first two boys have been rescued from the flooded cave and are now in a hospital near the cave.

As of Sunday evening local time, four boys had been successfully removed from the cave.

Authorities in northern Chiang Rai province began the unsafe mission to bring out the 12 boys and their soccer coach earlier on Sunday. Oxygen tanks along the almost 2-mile stretch will be replaced.

A total of 18 expert divers - 13 global and five Thai - were proceeding deep into the hillside through the waterlogged passages to the chamber where the team is located. The most touching note came from one whose name was not clear: "I'm doing fine, but the air is a little cold, but don't worry. It will make the clarity of the water much harder to see through because the floodwaters will increase the sediment", Dennis said.

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"We are very happy with the water situation here", he said.

"The heaviest rain has yet to come", said CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar.

As a result, the weakest boys will be brought out first, and the strongest will be rescued last.

They were discovered by British divers on Monday night after a nine-day round-the-clock search involving teams from all over the world. Each boy will be closely escorted by two divers.

Mr Ekapol helped Mr Nopparat devise a system where the boys' passion for football would motivate them to excel academically.

The Thai navy SEALS confirmed that four boys have left the cave.

"Definitely, you can feel it that it has an effect, but we're moving on". The initial euphoria of finding the boys alive tuned into deep anxiety as rescuers raced to find a way to get them out. CNN reported that USA rescue divers did not directly participate in Sunday's initial operations, but that Americans were serving in "support and advisory" roles. In a letter of his own, the coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, apologized to the boys' parents for the ordeal. I've told Yod to get ready to take me out for fried chicken.

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"Don't be anxious, I miss everyone".

The group had been trapped in the flooded cavern for more than two weeks after exploring it following a practice game.

Rescuers and the families of the 12 boys and their football coach being saved from a Thai cave complex are "cautiously optimistic".

Up on the hill, where rescuers are seeking alternative routes down into the cave, another accident occurred when a vehicle skidded off a dirt track, seriously injuring several people, authorities said.

On Friday, officials warned that oxygen levels in the cave dropped from 21% to 15%, complicating rescue efforts. It depends on the water levels.

The boys will also be checked for malnutrition, dehydration and an array of other health effects.

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