Four more boys rescued from Thailand cave Monday

Four more boys rescued from Thailand cave Monday

Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand's elite Navy Seal unit guided the boys to safety through narrow, submerged passageways that claimed the life of a former Thai navy diver on Friday.

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.

British divers found the 13, huddled on a muddy bank in a partly flooded chamber several kilometres inside the complex, on Monday last week.

The second extraction attempt involves a larger team of Thai and foreign divers, some of whom took the places of divers who were exhausted after Sunday's extraction, he said. It is a race against the clock with heavy rain expected in coming days, which would again dangerously flood the tunnels with fast flowing, and rising, water.

Billionaire Elon Musk's "mini" submarine developed by his SpaceX team is set to arrive in Thailand around 11 p.m. local time, 12:00 p.m. ET on Monday, according to his tweet.

Around 20 Australians have been involved in rescue efforts to free 12 boys and their soccer coach from a Thai cave.

"The children complained that they were hungry and wanted holy basil stir-fried rice", Narongsak Osottanakorn, the head of the rescue operation, told reporters on Monday, referring to a popular Thai dish.

4 boys were brought out safely from the cave, but the mission was paused to replace the air tanks.

Rescued schoolboys are moved from a military helicopter to an awaiting ambulance at a military airport in Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 9, 2018.

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Osatanakorn said a 1.6km-long passage from the cave entrance to the third chamber, a staging ground for the mission, was "mostly walkable", adding: "Although there are some slightly hard parts [where] we have to bend or crawl, we can say that we can just walk through it".

The four who were rescued previously were taken to a hospital in Chiang Rai for evaluation. There was no word on the condition of any of the people brought out on Monday.

The search and rescue operation has riveted people both in Thailand and internationally, with journalists from across the globe traveling to this town along the border with Myanmar to report on the ordeal.

The fate of the boys and their coach has gripped Thailand and drawn attention from around the world.

He added that the healthiest boys were taken out first. One local official told Fox News on Monday that they are hoping to finish the job in three days, suggesting that they may plan to extract the remaining trapped boys and their coach on Tuesday, which may allow time for rescuers to test out Musk's invention.

Four boys and their football coach are still in the cave. They have not been reunited with their families yet due to infection concerns.

Preparations are also under way to manage the mental health of the boys once they are all freed. He said rescuers told the parents that the "strongest children" would be brought out first.

"I would like to inform the public at home and those who have been giving us support all along, after 16 days, today's the day we've been waiting for, we are seeing the Wild Boars in the flesh now".

Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osattanakorn said the second phase began at 11 a.m. and authorities "hope to hear good news in the next few hours".

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