Thailand cave rescue: First 4 boys rescued from trapped soccer team

Thailand cave rescue: First 4 boys rescued from trapped soccer team

Thailand cave rescue: First 4 boys rescued from trapped soccer team

The rescued boys emerged as night fell from the Tham Luang cave complex after navigating a treacherous escape route of more than four kilometres (2.5 miles) through twisting, narrow and jagged passageways.

The boys, who are due to be taken to Chiang Rai hospital for further medical examination, are said to be in good health, with their condition described by officials as "not that bad".

Thai soldiers drag water pipes that will help bypass water from entering a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, July 7, 2018.

"Six of them came out", a defence ministry official, who asked not to be named, told AFP.

Meanwhile, as CNN reported on Sunday, the rescue effort in Thailand has assembled divers and Navy Seal personnel from various countries including the United States and Thailand itself, which saw one elite diver die on Friday during the operation to save the boys.

Divers are set to resume their rescue of a Thai soccer team trapped inside a flooded cave later today, after earlier swimming four of the boys - including the weakest child - to safety.

Officials said Sunday morning that "today is D-Day". "The boys are ready to face any challenges", rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters near the cave site.

It was initially thought the first four boys to make the journey would be those in the most resilient physical shape. "It is only a small battle we've won, but the war has not ended", Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said, according to the AP. "Everyone is a professional so we're trying to put it away and avoid it happening again", he said, adding: "Everybody is focusing on getting these boys out - keeping them alive or getting them out".

Narongsak said that there was no time limit on the rescue and that its progress would depend on weather and conditions inside the cave, but expected it to last through Monday.

Dr Andrea Dese, head of the stress and development lab at Kings College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, said: 'In the longer term, most children will recover from the initial emotional symptoms.

It took nine days to find them in the underground network's dark depths.

An Australian doctor checked the health of the boys on Saturday night and gave the all-clear for the operation to proceed. Rising water levels, too, as the result of heavy rains is also an issue. A major concern of the rescuers is that oxygen levels in their safe space could fall dangerously low.

Elon Musk wrote on Twitter that engineers from two of his companies, the aerospace manufacturer SpaceX and the tunnel-construction company Boring Company, were headed to Thailand to lend their assistance.

The boys urged relatives "not to worry" and asked for their favourite food once they were safely evacuated, in notes handed to divers. "You don't need to be anxious about me".

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