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Rescue Operation To Save The Thai Football Team Is Underway

Rescue Operation To Save The Thai Football Team Is Underway

Hospital authorities said the first group of four boys rescued on Sunday were in good health and they were mulling letting their parents meet their wards from Tuesday but from a glass door separation.

They are said to be in good health and demanding fried rice in a hospital on Monday, Osottanakorn said.

Authorities had been rushing to extract the boys and their coach from the cave as monsoon rains bore down overnight on Sunday.

They will join four other boys who were rescued on Sunday. He is still believed to be one of the nine inside the cave.

In an indication of how unsafe the journey can be, a former Thai navy diver died in the caves on Friday.

After rescuing the four boys, the officials paused the operation for at least 10 hours to fill the oxygen tanks that were used.

The eight boys who've been rescued so far have all swum out of the cave, each escorted by two expert divers.

Authorities have said extracting the entire team from the cave could take up to four days, but Sunday's success raised hopes that it could be done faster. "And we have more expertise than yesterday", he said.

The risky bid to rescue the boys - aged between 11 and 16 - got going again hours earlier on Monday after a break to replenish oxygen supplies and make other preparations deep inside the cave complex.

Narongsak Osatanakorn, the former Chiang Rai governor who's been heading the rescue operation, said the four children had to dive more than half a mile to get to safety.

The boys and their coach, all from the "Wild Boars" soccer team, became trapped by rainy season floodwater on June 23rd when they had set out to explore the vast cave complex after soccer practice. Having completed this section, the boys are then handed over to separate, specialist rescue teams, who help assist them through the remainder of the cave, much of which they can wade through.

The operation to rescue the boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach by having them dive out of the flooded cave began Sunday morning, with expert divers entering the sprawling complex for the complicated and unsafe mission.

Authorities have said it takes roughly 11 hours to do a round-trip from the cave entrance to where the boys are huddled on a muddy bank.

The four boys, rescued on Sunday, were flown by helicopter from the Tham Luang cave to the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital, located at the heart of Chiang Rai province, about 70 km (40 miles) away.

To escape, the boys must dive through dark, narrow passageways sometimes no more than two feet (0.6 metre) wide, that have challenged some of the world's leading cave divers. First of all, four of the boys were successfully extracted from the cave system. Monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days.

Rescuers have been navigating a unsafe and complicated plan to get the children out under the threat of heavy rain and rising water underground. A few hours later, Michael Safi, a Guardian reporter, confirmed that the sixth boy had been rescued.

Authorities have paused the global effort to replenish air tanks along the treacherous exit route.

On Sunday night, Thai navy SEALs posted a celebratory note on their Facebook page, saying: "Have sweet dreams everyone".

Monsoon rains have started falling again, causing water levels inside the cave to rise, squeezing the boys in an ever shrinking space inside the cave, and causing oxygen levels to drop.

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