Thailand cave rescue: Why the boys are being kept in isolation

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The billionaire entrepreneur has been tweeting proposals and offering his services to the Thai government in its efforts to extract the 12 boys and their soccer coach from a partially flooded cave.

"We have helped four more children today", said rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn.

The rescue workers need 20 hours before the third operation, Osatanakorn said Monday afternoon, according to a Guardian reporter.

Narongsak would not identify the rescued boys.

Mr Narongsak allayed concerns that recent heavy rain might have raised water levels, saying conditions were "as good as yesterday" "We should hear good news again", he added. Their families were being kept at a distance because of fears of infection and the emaciated-looking boys were eating a rice-based porridge because they were still too weak to take regular food, authorities said.

The emergence of the second batch of four on Monday evening was greeted with a simple "Hooyah" by the Thai Seals team on their Facebook page, an exclamation that lit up Thai social media. The 25-year-old football coach may have to wait one more day for rescue.

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

12 young children and their football coach have been stuck in a partially flooded cave in Thailand's Chiang Rai province since June 23rd, and they're beginning to run out of oxygen.

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At the hospital in Chiang Rai, green canvas sheets had been put up to block the entrance from view.

The rescue missions take almost half a day to complete.

The four remaining boys and their coach, Ekaphol Chantawong, are spending night 17 inside the cave but it is still unclear if they will be freed by the end of Tuesday.

The safety of the divers, who have meticulously planned the mission, is also paramount.

Two elite British divers, Rick Stanton and John Volanthen, were the first rescuers to reach the group and are believed to be part of the team.

The death on Friday of a former Thai navy Seal, Saman Gunan, underlined the risks. The diver, the first fatality of the rescue effort, was working in a volunteer capacity and died on a mission to place air canisters along the passage to where the boys are, necessary for divers to safely travel the five- to six-hour route.

Rescuers had planned to take a 10- to 20-hour pause in the rescue efforts to replenish the cave with oxygen and give the team of 18 divers leading the boys on the hard journey a chance to rest. Add Thailand Cave Rescue as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Thailand Cave Rescue news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

More worrying, however, oxygen levels in the chamber where the boys sought refuge were falling.

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