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4 more boys brought out of flooded Thailand cave

11 July 2018

The third phase of the operation to begin in "20 hours".

The generals and other officials overseeing the desperate operation to rescue 12 young soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave labyrinth in Thailand's sweltering far north were only half joking when they quipped Monday that success was in the hands of the rain god Phra Pirun.

The first stage of the mission ran "smoothly" and the rescued boys were in "good health", according to the Thai authorities.

"Think about the responsibility of taking a kid under/beneath there and the conditions are really scary", said rescuer Rafael Aroush.

More than 90 divers altogether are said to be involved in the operation.

How are the boys being rescued?

The story of the "Wild Boars" soccer team has gripped Thai and global media.

The group was found nine days later in a cramped chamber 2.5 miles inside the cave system by two British volunteer rescue divers. 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.

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The goal is to get them all out before heavy rain forecasted makes it even more hard to reach them.

Authorities then struggled to determine the best way to save the "Wild Boars", with the group stuck on a shelf above the floodwaters in pitch darkness.

Among the ideas were drilling an escape route through the mountain, and leaving them for months until the monsoon season ended and the flooding subsided.

But with oxygen levels inside dropping to unsafe lows and the prospect of heavy rain flooding the area completely, authorities decided they had to move quickly and take the group out through the water-filled tunnels.

Dozens of foreign divers and other experts from around the world were brought in to help the rescue effort, working alongside Thai Navy Seals.

Multiple calls to senior government officials and military personnel leading the operation to rescue the members of the youth soccer team rang unanswered Monday evening.

Getting to and from where the boys are has been an exhausting round trip, even for the experienced divers.

A device by Elon Musk's SpaceX and The Boring Company, created to help rescue the remaining members of a soccer team trapped in a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand, is being tested in a swimming pool in Los Angeles, California, in this still image taken from an undated video obtained from social media. Highlighting the extreme dangers, a former Thai Navy SEAL died Friday while replenishing the oxygen canisters placed along the route to the boys' damp refuge.

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Each had to wear an oxygen mask to enable normal breathing, authorities said.

There was no word on the condition of any of the people brought out on Monday.

However, after news of the rescue of four boys emerged, Musk tweeted, "Hopefully useful".

The experts say if the boys are not rescued over the next few days, they may have to wait inside the cave for months before the rains ease up and another rescue attempt is made. A nutritionist is monitoring their diet and has recommended that they eat nothing spicy or salty - despite the boys' cravings for spicy basil pork and rice, and grilled pork. The boys and their coach have been stranded about four kilometers inside the cave.

Some of the boys' parents told Reuters they had not been told who had been rescued and that they were not allowed to visit the hospital.

The hint of setting sun and blue skies broke through the heavy clouds behind the caves as a helicopter whirred through the sky, carrying the last of the team south to a hospital in nearby Chiang Rai. More than 1000 journalists from across the world have descended on northern Thailand to report the story. A massive worldwide search operation was launched and it took 10 days to locate the boys, who had taken shelter on a dry slope deep in the complex.

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

"I'm hoping for good news today", he said.

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4 more boys brought out of flooded Thailand cave