More Boys Pulled From Flooded Cave In Thailand

More Boys Pulled From Flooded Cave In Thailand

More Boys Pulled From Flooded Cave In Thailand

Emergency crews in Thailand brought a second group of four boys to safety on Monday, more than two weeks after 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped in a flooded cave network.

Thai officials have been tight-lipped about the rescue operation, and would not comment on how many people were removed Monday.

Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said all four boys rescued Monday are "safe and conscious" and in a hospital. A family member told CNN Monday that they hadn't been told which boys had been pulled out, and who is still trapped in the cave.

But with oxygen levels inside dropping to unsafe lows and the prospect of heavy rains flooding the area completely, authorities decided they had to move quickly and take the group out through the water-filled tunnels.

The eight boys brought out by divers over the previous two days are in "high spirits" and have strong immune systems because they are soccer players, a senior health official said.

Musk on Sunday shared photos and videos of a small submarine-like vessel that could help rescue the group stranded on a muddy ledge about 2.5 miles from the cave's main entrance, and about half a mile below the surface. There was no word on the condition of the fifth boy brought out earlier on Monday.

However, rumours have rated that he has apparently been giving his food to the boys to keep them healthy, if this turns out to be true he may be rescued sooner rather than later.

Doctors fear the children, who are aged between 11 and 16, may have contracted illnesses or infections while they were trapped underground.

Four ambulances were seen leaving the Thai cave site Monday. Four boys and their football coach are still trapped inside the cave.

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A source involved in the rescue mission who saw two of the four boys walk out of the cave told Reuters that they looked exhausted but healthy, adding that one even looked "vivacious and fresh".

"Today was the best situation - in terms of the children's health, water and our rescue readiness", said Mr Narongsak, now governor of Phayao province but still head of the joint command centre coordinating the rescue.

"You start to hallucinate, you see things, you hear things", said Dr. Robert Glatter, emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital.

Following the successful evacuation on Sunday, rescue personnel assessed their performance and adjusted the plan for Monday, resulting in "a smooth, coordinated operation", deputy commander of the Third Army Maj Gen Chalongchai Chaiyakham told reporters.

Another four boys were taken out on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance.

"We have not been told which child has been brought out".

"I'm hoping for good news". New oxygen tanks were placed before the second stage of the rescue effort began. On top of all the concerns inside the cave, Thailand's rainy season is looming.

The outlet reported that eight boys remain inside the cave.

The president of soccer's governing body, FIFA, has invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday if they make it out in time.

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