Thailand cave operation called off for day with 8 now rescued

The 4 Thai boys who were rescued were taken to the hospital yesterday

The 4 Thai boys who were rescued were taken to the hospital yesterday

"They may show extremes in behaviors. they (may) sleep too much or have difficulty sleeping", says Aten, who is not involved in the boys' treatment.

"Hooyah", the Thai Navy SEALs, who have played a crucial role in the against-the-odds operation, said in a Facebook post as they announced that a total of eight members of the "Wild Boars" football team had been rescued on Sunday and Monday.

An ambulance leaves the cave in northern Thailand hours after the operation began to rescue the trapped soccer players and their coach.

The four boys pulled from the cave Sunday in an urgent and risky operation that involved them diving through the cave's dark, tight and twisting passages were happy and in good health, authorities said.

At least two more boys have been rescued from inside Thailand's Tham Luang Nang Non cave as the second phase of a rescue operation to evacuate a teen soccer team and its 25-year-old coach continues. It is a race against the clock with heavy rain expected in coming days, which would again dangerously flood the tunnels.

Channel News Asia reported seeing three helicopters flying from the cave toward the nearby city of Chiang Rai, where the rescued boys are being treated in a hospital. Relatives were able to see them through a glass partition, the governor said.

The first four boys to be rescued were led out of the cave by an worldwide team of rescue divers on Sunday. Four boys and their football coach are still trapped inside the cave.

"We'll start preparing for the next rescue operation, and we believe we'll do better than today and it will be highly successful", the rescue mission chief said.

But four boys had emerged by 8 p.m., quite a bit ahead of schedule - and all the more remarkable because the boys are novice swimmers, with no diving experience.

Thirteen divers and five Thai Navy SEALs are involved in the operation, in which the trapped team must walk or wade through muddy areas of the winding cave and rising waters.

Thai officials had said Sunday that they were temporarily suspending the rescue effort so they could replenish oxygen supplies and other gear.

Thai military medical personnel walking inside a restricted area as preparations are made to transport rescued boys from Tham Luang cave to a hospital.

A tiny submarine is on its way to Thailand, sent by Tesla CEO Elon Musk to help rescue the remaining members of a youth soccer team who are trapped in a cave. "We have to quarantine them for a little while due to fear of infection".

The rescue mission has been a huge operation, led by the Royal Thai Navy's SEAL unit, and supported by a cast of hundreds.

And he has been true to his word, sending some of his top engineers to Thailand to help with the rescue, saying: "There are probably many complexities that are hard to appreciate without being there in person".

The boys and their coach biked to the cave after soccer practice on June 23 and ventured deep inside the 6-mile-long cave, a popular tourist attraction but one that is mostly deserted in the summer because of the risks of monsoon rains. Kanet said the boys will be treated as disaster victims and given psychological evaluations and other assistance after their ordeal.

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