Four Boys Have Been Rescued From Inside The Thai Cave

Four Boys Have Been Rescued From Inside The Thai Cave

The boys, aged between 11 and 16, are brought to a "field hospital near the cave" after being brought back to the surface, Tossathep Boonthong, chief of Chiang Rai's health department and part of the rescue team, told Reuters. The pause will give divers time to prepare gear, including masks and refilling air tanks, for the next round of rescue efforts.

The names of the four boys rescued from the caves last night have not been officially confirmed.

Gong Hui, a Chinese diver involved in the operation that has drawn some 130 Thai and worldwide divers, told Reuters on Saturday before the fresh rains that water levels in the cave had "receded a lot" after sustained pumping had removed millions of liters of water.

The boys were each being led by two divers as they went through 4km of pitch darkness, trudged through thick mud, clambered over slippery jagged rocks and dived through narrow passageways swirling with cold, strong currents. He had said fresh air tanks needed to be laid along the underwater route. But rescuers were anxious that that would not be enough: on Friday, former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunan died from lack of air within the cave complex.

Earlier in the day, divers began the 2.4-mile journal of attempting to remove the 12 boys and soccer coach from the cave.

But Narongsak said earlier that mild weather and falling water levels in recent days had created optimal conditions for an underwater evacuation.

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Musk posted videos on Twitter of the aluminum sub being tested at a swimming pool Sunday midafternoon California time.

Sunday, rescuers successfully navigated the first batch of four boys through the perilous escape route.

"They will be kept away from their parents for a while because we are concerned about infections", Chiang Rai provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said at a news conference about the boys who were rescued on Sunday.

Complicated rescue: Local government officials said 13 foreign and five Thai divers are taking part in the long and risky operation to free the 12 young soccer players and their 25-year-old coach.

The incoming monsoon will only cause water levels to rise, further jeopardizing the lives of those who remain trapped inside of the Tham Luang cave complex. A massive global search operation was launched and it took 10 days to locate the boys, who had taken shelter on a dry slope deep in the complex.

Celebrations were tinged with sadness over the loss of a former Thai navy diver who died on Friday while on a re-supply mission inside the cave.

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The entire group had been trapped for more than two weeks.

They spent nine days unaccounted for inside the cave, before British divers found the emaciated and dishevelled group huddling on a muddy bank.

After a day of exploring in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in the northern province the boys and their coach became trapped on June 23.

Rescuers didn't use Musk's ideas to get the first four boys out, but Musk tweeted that he's communicating with the Thai government and other experts on the submarine idea. Officials first thought the rescue would take months but the rainy season has changed plans. "We have tried all possible ways to get the boys out, but sometimes we can't win over nature".

On Saturday, FIFA announced that it would offer the boys free tickets to the football World Cup final, if they were out in time.

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