First Four Boys Rescued From Thai Cave

Thailand Navy SEALs Confirm Multiple Boys of Youth Soccer Team Rescued from Cave

Thailand Navy SEALs Confirm Multiple Boys of Youth Soccer Team Rescued from Cave

A risky mission to rescue 12 Thai schoolboys and their soccer coach trapped inside a flooded cave for more than two weeks began on Sunday and authorities managed to bring out its first two survivors on Sunday evening.

They were guided by expert divers who plotted the hours-long escape through more than four kilometres (2.5 miles) of twisting passageways and flooded chambers.

Their escape led to an explosion of jubilation on social media in Thailand and around the world as the rescued boys were rushed to hospital.

Four boys of 13 trapped in a northern Thailand cave have been brought out through an underwater evacuation, a member of the rescue team said on condition of anonymity Sunday. A defence ministry official earlier told AFP six boys had "come out".

With them were five other global divers and five Thai navy SEALS, and more than 70 other divers in support roles, 50 of whom were foreigners.

Complicated rescue: Local government officials said 13 foreign and five Thai divers are taking part in the long and unsafe operation to free the 12 young soccer players and their 25-year-old coach.

As of Sunday, four boys were confirmed rescued from the cave, before the mission was paused, according to the BBC. He found kindred spirits in the boys, many of whom had grown up poor or were stateless ethnic minorities, common in this border area between Myanmar and Thailand.

"Today is D-Day", Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters earlier in the day. Chiang Rai's deputy governor said authorities prefer the diving option.

A former member of Thailand's elite navy SEAL unit died during a dive on Thursday night, a grim turn in what began two weeks ago as an outing to celebrate the birthday of one of the boys.

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Rescue divers found the 12 teenage soccer players and their coach alive on July 3 after they went missing in a Thai cave 10 days earlier.

"Now and in the next three or four days, the conditions are ideal [for evacuation] in terms of the water, the weather and the boys' health", Narongsak in a press conference on Sunday.

The story of the "Wild Boars" soccer team, who first ventured into the caves more than two weeks ago before flood waters trapped them inside, has gripped Thai and global media.

An Australian doctor checked the health of the boys on Saturday night and gave the all-clear for the operation to proceed.

Rescuers have conceded that evacuating the boys is a race against time with monsoon rains expected to undo days of around-the-clock drainage of the deluged cave. "Finding the boys doesn't mean we've finished our mission".

David Strike has known Dr Harris for more than 10 years, and says his medical expertise and experience as a cave diver and retrieval expert is invaluable.

American technology entrepreneur Elon Musk even deployed engineers from his private space exploration firm SpaceX and Boring Co.to help.

Divers have previously described conditions in the cave network as some of the most extreme they have ever faced. One of the boys, identified as Tun, wrote: "Mom and Dad, please don't worry, I am fine. You don't need to be anxious about me".

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