Eight boys now rescued from flooded cave in Thailand

Eight boys now rescued from flooded cave in Thailand

Each arduous round-trip extraction took between nine and 11 hours. The search and rescue operation has involved dozens of worldwide experts and rescuers, including a US military team. On Monday night, Musk posted on Twitter that he had "just returned' from the still-flooded cave, with photos of the rescue site where a team of swelling global experts have been working around the clock since the team was found". "We heard four boys are out but we do not know who they are".

"Leaving here in case it may be useful in the future", he wrote, referring to the "mini-sub" which he has named after the team, the Wild Boars.

The mission to rescue a group of boys and their soccer coach trapped in the flooded cave since June 23 resumed hours earlier on Monday.

A witness on the scene reported seeing three people being carried on stretchers from the cave into an ambulance on Monday, with the first one emerging about 4:30 p.m., Reuters said.

It was not immediately clear on Monday whether more rain overnight had affected water levels inside the cave.

The saga has dominated global headlines, with the team spending nine days unaccounted for inside the cave before British divers found the emaciated and dishevelled group huddling on a muddy bank above the flooding.

"On behalf of the United States, congratulations to the Thai Navy SEALs and all on the successful rescue of the 12 boys and their coach from the treacherous cave in Thailand".

Monsoon flooding cut off their escape route and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days. On Sunday, he shared photos and video on Twitter showing a "tiny, kid-size submarine" that could potentially help with the rescue effort.

Preparations are also under way to manage the mental health of the boys once they are all freed.

Reports on Sunday (July 8) say four of them have been successfully extracted and are being transported to hospital.

Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand's elite Seal unit made up the main team guiding the boys to safety through narrow, submerged passageways.

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The death Friday of a former Thai navy SEAL, Saman Gunan, underscored the risks.

Four ambulances and a convoy of other vehicles arrived at the cave site Tuesday morning as rains hit the region.

Earlier Monday, Narongsak said the four rescued the day before were in good spirits.

Relatives said the boys had been inside the labyrinthine complex during the dry season. "Four boys were brought out today".

One boy asked for a fried chicken dinner.

And although the four had been rescued, there were concerns they may have contracted an illness while in the cave, Narongsak said on Monday. Each of the rescued boys has been guided through the dark winding cave by a pair of divers.

The fifth boy was taken by helicopter to Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital in the provincial capital Chiang Rai, while the sixth remained inside a medical tent before being moved.

"They (the four) will be kept away from their parents for a while because we are concerned about infections", Narongsak said.

Officials said at a news conference that the parents of the rescued boys, whose names have not been released, have not yet been allowed to have physical contact with them, pending more extensive examination of their physical condition.

"I feel very happy, everybody is happy", said Hnin Jaiwong, the mother of one of the trapped boys, 13-year-old Sompong Jaiwong.

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