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Thai cave rescue sees four more boys freed

10 July 2018

The risky operation to rescue the 12 boys and their coach began early Sunday morning and the entire operation involves 90 expert divers from around the world. Monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days. 'Doctors have told us we must be careful about the food that is given to them because they are fragile after starving for many days. Seven Britons chaperoned the boys through the treacherous tunnels as part of a team that included 18 worldwide cave divers and five elite Thai navy SEALS.

"They are good physically and mentally", a health official said at a separate press conference from Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital.

It could be at least seven days before they can be released from hospital, Jesada told a news conference. They were mainly being given bland, easily digestible foods.

Eight boys have now been rescued from the flooded cave labyrinth in northern Thailand.

"Meanwhile, adding to their parents" torment, the boys are not being allowed to hug them due to infection fears.

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"Even when my friends have left the cave, I'm anxious about their physical well-being".

"[But] now they have no fever and can do their normal activities", he said.

People around the world are following the developments in Thailand. After Monday's rescues, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha visited the hospital where the eight freed boys had been taken by helicopter.

Four boys and their 25-year-old football coach "will be extracted on Tuesday", rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn said.

Friends of the British experts claimed they "never panic" under water and would be keeping reassuring eye contact with the children. More worrying, however, oxygen levels in the cave were falling.

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The good news today, he said, was that the rescue team spent nine hours - two hours faster than they did a day earlier - from the time they went deeper into the cave to extract the four survivors until they emerged safely from the cave.

"Today we might have to wait longer, but it will be worth the wait", he added.

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.

In total, 13 foreign cave divers and five Thai navy SEALs participated in Sunday's rescue, according to Reuters. The safety of the divers, who have meticulously planned the mission, is also paramount.

"If Phra Pirun helps us, we might be able to do it very quickly", Narongsak said, again invoking the god of rain, who is widely revered in Thailand. "But if Phra Pirun doesn't help, then it might be a little late".

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Thai cave rescue sees four more boys freed