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8 rescued from Thai cave, but 5 remain trapped

One of six ambulances is seen driving up to the base camp near Tham Luang cave as the second rescue attempt is underway 8 rescued from Thai cave, but 5 remain trapped
Bennie Garza | 12 July, 2018, 18:59

Elite divers hauled four more young footballers out of a flooded Thai cave on Monday, authorities said, bringing to eight the number saved in a stunning rescue mission but still leaving five others trapped.

Jesada Chokdumrongsuk, deputy director-general of the Public Health Ministry, said the first four boys rescued, aged 12 to 16, are now able to eat normal food. They'll also be bringing back 3 Navy SEALS and a medic who have been in the cave with the team since the first day of the rescue efforts.

The operation on Tuesday moved quickly, raising hopes that all 12 boys and their adult coach from the Wild Boars soccer team would be at the surface by the end of the day. "We have set the plan for four people so if they want to take five out (at the same time), then they need to change the plan".

"The prime minister said that this kind of event should never happen again on Thai soil", Narongsak told reporters.

Graphics explaining how the divers managed to rescue the four boys have been circulating on social media.

But the death of a former Thai Navy SEAL diver who ran out of oxygen in the cave on Friday underscored the danger of the journey.

Officials involved in the rescue of the soccer team from the Tham Luang cave complex have politely declined to deploy the submarine brought over by Tesla CEO Elon Musk to assist with the extraction of the kids.

But the boys have had experts on hand to navigate the tight passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents, with no light to guide the way.

Thailand's navy SEALs say the four boys and coach rescued on Tuesday, after other rescues in the previous two days, are all safe.

The search and rescue operation has riveted people both in Thailand and internationally, with journalists from across the globe travelling to this town along the border with Burma to report on the ordeal.

They were trapped in the Tham Luan Nang Non cave that became flooded by monsoon rains while they were exploring it after a soccer practice on June 23.

Some family members have been allowed to visit the boys in hospital, but are only allowed to observe them from behind a glass window.

Meanwhile, the first eight boys rescued from the Thai cave complex are in good health overall and some asked for chocolate bread for breakfast, officials said.

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

It could be at least seven days before they can be released from hospital, Jesada said.

"Everyone is in a good mental state", he said but added psychologists will work with them.

Authorities had closely guarded the details of the boys' condition, who will be monitored in hospital for a week.

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