Four more boys have been brought out of a flooded cave in northern Thailand as the ongoing rescue operation concludes for the second day, Thai officials said. The entire Wild Boar youth soccer team and its coach have been safely removed from a cave in Thailand.
Torrential rain struck the cave site on Monday evening and the downpour continued through Tuesday morning, but authorities said preparations for the final rescue mission were unaffected.
The boys will remain in quarantine because of a fear of infection, and it's understood they have only been able to speak to family members through a window.
Four more of the boys were carried on stretchers out of the labyrinthine Tham Luang cave on the Myanmar border at dusk on Monday, bringing to eight the number brought out so far after two rescue pushes on successive days. They were missing for nine days before being discovered by British divers last week.
This is the third mission that has been undertaken by the Thai authorities in order to rescue the young boys, who became trapped in the cave by rising floodwater several weeks ago.
The eight boys that have been rescued so far are weak but in good health, Kimberlee says.
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"None of the eight boys has fever today", he added in the clearest update yet on the condition of the boys rescued from Tham Luang cave.
Reuters reported that eight players have been rescued in risky attempts by a world-class worldwide team of divers.
Two of the boys are thought to have lung infections, but there are no serious complaints to report.
Even as a massive operation is underway to rescue the remaining members of the Thai soccer team trapped in a flooded cave, a diver involved with the mission highlighted the risks involved in carrying out the rescue.
People across Thailand cheered the rescue operation, including at the Mae Sai Prasitsart school where six of the trapped boys are students.
Two divers accompanied each of the boys, all of whom have been learning to dive only since July 2, when the first searchers found them. "I'm hoping for good news", he added. "Mini-sub is ready if needed".
The operation included stashing tanks of air on the long route to safety, a process that took hours to set up between rescue missions. We've started giving them "medical food" this morning. He said he left the equipment there in case rescuers could use it in the future.