Thai cave rescue: Four more boys extracted in second operation

Second day of Thailand cave rescue

The rescue operations were thereafter suspended for the day, CNN reported.

A Thai navy official confirmed to Reuters that a boy was freed from the cave on Monday afternoon local time.

Rescuers woke to gloomy skies and potential thunderstorms following a night of heavy monsoonal rains lashing the mountainous region.

The soccer team had been trapped in the underground cave network since June 23, with flash floods causing water levels to rise, making it hard to get out.

Soldiers arrive outside the Tham Luang cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 8, 2018.

Cave rescue experts have said they consider an underwater escape to be a last resort, especially with people untrained in diving.

But rescuing the remaining five people, which includes the boys' 25-year-old soccer coach, could take more than one operation, Narongsak said.

Earlier reports documented two boys being rescued and flown to hospital, with The Bangkok Post reporting that, in total, four boys had been taken to chamber 3, which is beyond the narrowest bottleneck in the escape route and is being used as a staging area by the rescue team.

Authorities have not revealed at this stage when the rescue operation would resume for the remaining four boys and their coach, who have been trapped in the cave since June 23.

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It's a process that can take several hours.

Authorities have said extracting the entire team from the cave could take up to four days, but Sunday's success raised hopes that it could be done faster. His colleagues said they would "not let the sacrifice of our friend go to waste". This would mean at least two more operations.

Rescuers have been unable to extend a hose pumping oxygen all the way to where the boys are, but have brought them some oxygen tanks. Experts say it's crucial for their survival that the remaining boys are told of the positive news.

Narongsak said after the first four boys were rescued that they would be quarantined "for a while because we are concerned about infections". Since then, an global team of engineers, rescuers and divers has been delivering supplies and food to the children and their coach ― and mulling ways to best help them escape.

He was taken by helicopter and ambulance to the same hospital in Chiang Rai where the first four boys rescued Sunday by a team of worldwide and Thai dive experts are being treated.

Officials called the four boys who have already been rescued, "hungry, but happy".

'Visitors will only be allowed to meet and talk to the patients, ' Dr Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong told a local newspaper. "No hugging or touching and they [visitors] need to leave a one to two metre distance from the patients until the results of their blood tests come back". Students and teachers at Maesaiprasitsart school, attended by numerous children, have been given instructions to avoid "talk that hurts [the boys'] feelings", said teacher Thongyaud Kejorn.

So far those who have been released have been rushed off to hospital, and the most recent boys to make it out have been stretchered off.

"Don't ask these kinds of questions". The four evacuated on Monday were also hospitalized, although their condition was not announced.

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