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4 more boys rescued from Thai cave, bringing total to 8

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Jeannette Daniel | 11 July, 2018, 08:09

Doctors attending to the eight boys who have been rescued from the cave in two groups of four on Sunday and Monday say they are generally in good health - an incredible result for the boys who have spent nine days incommunicado, without food, until they were found, and then waited days more before embarking on an hours-long dive that even the most skilled cave divers have described as among the most unsafe they have attempted.

Nine members of the "Wild Boars" team are still inside the Tham Luang cave after foreign and Thai divers guided four boys out safely late on Sunday.

"If Phra Pirun helps us, we might be able to do it very quickly", Narongsak said, again invoking the god of rain, who is widely revered in Thailand. Musk said his submarine has eight handles, four in the front and four in the rear, and four air tank connections.

"The mission has resumed", a government official closely involved in the mission told Reuters, declining to be identified.

The "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach got trapped on June 23 when they set out to explore the vast cave complex after soccer practice, when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.

Each boy is being accompanied by two divers through the dark and complex cave system.

The search and rescue operation has riveted people both in Thailand and internationally, with journalists from across the globe travelling to this town along the border with Myanmar to report on the ordeal. A medic and three Thai Navy SEALs who have stayed with the boys on a small, dry shelf deep in the flooded cave will also come out, he said.

Thai authorities said the parents of the four rescued boys are still being kept from physical contact with them due to fear of infections.

Narongsak said favorable factors for a successful rescue, including the fact that water levels in the cave remain stable even though rain had fallen.

It is understood the same divers who rescued the first four boys have been given the job of getting the remaining team members out.

Narongsak said Monday's rescues involving 18 divers and a support team of 100 had taken nine hours, two fewer than the rescues on Sunday.

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An ambulance with flashing lights left the site just hours after the second phase of the perilous rescue operation was launched on Monday.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrived in Chiang Rai and visited the eight rescued boys in the hospital Monday night, according to Osatanakorn.

There was no immediate word on their conditions.

Authorities have not confirmed the identities of the first four boys freed.

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.

He said the boys rescued Sunday were strong and safe but needed to undergo medical checks.

"The four children are well at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital. From what I've seen in the clip, they did look skinny", he said.

Olivero told Paddy Daly on the VOCM Morning Show that because they're children, they may be more resilient to the challenges ahead.

"I'm hoping for good news", he said.

Officials have said storms forecast for Chiang Rai province in Thailand's far north had factored into their decision to go ahead with a complicated and unsafe plan for the boys aged between 11 and 16 and their coach to dive out of the cave. The sixth and seventh were loaded onto ambulances at 7:11pm.

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