Thailand cave rescue: Rescued boys are 'happy and well'

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The boy was seen on a stretcher just before 4:30 p.m. local time (5.30 a.m. ET) after the dramatic rescue from the Tham Luang cave complex, according to CNN. "The children complained that they were hungry and wanted holy basil stir-fried rice", Narongsak Osottanakorn, the head of the rescue operation, told reporters on Monday, referring to the popular Thai dish.

It took nine hours Sunday to rescue the first two boys, who were described as the weakest of the group.

The boys were among 12 members of the Wild Boars team, ages 11-17, who ventured deep into the cave along with their 25-year-old coach on June 23.

Elite divers hauled four more young footballers out of a flooded Thai cave on Monday, authorities said, bringing to eight the number saved in a stunning rescue mission but still leaving five others trapped.

Ambulances and rescue crews have returned to the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in northern Thailand for a second operation to free more trapped boys.

Five boys have been rescued till now, and divers are continuing with the rescue operations.

Rescuers in Thailand on Monday began their second attempt to free the remaining boys and their coach still trapped inside a cave, but warned that heavy rains have soaked the area and they are now in a race with "water and time".

Relatives said the boys had been inside the labyrinthine complex during the dry season.

Wearing full-face masks, which are easier for novice divers than traditional respirators, each boy is being accompanied by two divers, who also carry his air supply.

The rescued boys had to travel about 2 1/2 miles with oxygen tanks, making their way back to the cave's entrance using a 3-mile rope. On Monday, four more were rushed to a hospital.




Paramedics, believed to be carrying a boy who has been evacuated after being trapped inside a flooded cave, approach a helicopter in Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 8, 2018, in this still image obtained from social media.

Workers have been working around the clock to pump water out of the cave, and authorities said Monday that heavy downpours overnight did not raise water levels inside.

Another video from Thai PBS showed an ambulance arriving at the hospital in Chiang Rai.

The boys are being escorted out of the complex cave system via a team of divers. The same divers were deployed Monday because they were familiar the cave, authorities said.

But they will be "kept away" from physical contact with their parents until the risk of infection is over, he said, adding doctors will decide on family visits "at a distance or through glass".

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop this morning said lessons from the initial effort would be applied as two more groups of four are brought out of the cave.

The boys will have to navigate through submerged passageways in some places no more than two feet (0.6 metre) wide.

"Visitors will only be allowed to meet and talk to the patients", he said.

The rescued boys are likely to stay in Chiang Rai hospital for 48 hours undergoing medical tests to check their health after they swam through dirty floodwaters to exit the cave. None of those kids will have to spend any time inside the tiny submarine, but it could be developed further for similar rescue missions in the future. Previously, the entire round trip through the cave network was thought to take about 11 hours.

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