Four more boys brought out of flooded Thai cave

Erika Holt
July 11, 2018

"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.

A press briefing was to be held shortly.

As for the boys who have been rescued, they are in isolation and being monitored at a hospital for infection. Previously, the entire round trip through the cave network was thought to take about 11 hours.

Thai officials have confirmed that they are prioritising the weaker boys first, in order to ensure they get quick treatment.

A health official did tell local media that the boys should hopefully be able to see their families on Monday night but there could be "no hugging, no touching", until their blood work comes back.

Seven more boys and the coach are still trapped. All the boys were in good condition, Narongsak said.

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The football team went missing on June 23, having gone into the caves after Saturday practice to do some exploring, and ended up being trapped by rising flood water. 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. New oxygen tanks were placed before the second stage of the rescue effort began.

A total of eight boys have now been taken out of the Tham Luang Nang Non cave, according to the Thai navy SEAL group, which has a leading role in the rescue operation. Thai navy SEALs are leading the effort, but more than 90 rescue workers from around the world have been laboring in and around the dark, twisting cave.

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Somboon Sompiangjai, 38, the father of one of the trapped boys, said parents were told by rescuers ahead of Sunday's operation the "strongest children" would be brought out first.

The soccer team seen in the cave last week, before anyone was rescued.

The extraction of the four on Monday followed a similar pattern to the previous day, with the youngsters emerging in quick succession just before nightfall after navigating a treacherous escape route of more than four kilometres (2.5 miles) that included extremely narrow and flooded tunnels.

An Australian doctor is at the center of the ongoing attempt to rescue the young soccer players and their coach trapped in the Tham Luang cave in Thailand's northern Chiang Rai Province.

The dramatic and risky rescue at the Tham Luang cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai was launched on Sunday and four boys were brought out that day.

The names of the rescued boys were not released.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, in an interview with CNN affiliate Nine News Australia Monday, said that the remainder of the boys were also expected to be extracted in batches.

The fate of the boys and their coach has gripped Thailand and drawn global media attention.

After the boys did not return home from football training their parents went out looking for them and their bicycles and kit were found at the entrance to the cave.

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