First boys emerge from cave

Thai rescue team members walk inside a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23 in Mae Sai Chiang Rai province northern Thailand

Thai rescue team members walk inside a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23 in Mae Sai Chiang Rai province northern Thailand

Authorities in northern Chiang Rai province began the risky mission to bring out the 12 boys and their football coach earlier on Sunday.

But multiple forecasts predict a chance of more rain overnight and the threat of thunderstorms in coming days.

He said the healthiest were taken out first, and the next phase of the operation would start in 10-20 hours.

Four of the boys were rescued Sunday, and authorities are now working to replenish air tanks along the cave's treacherous exit route.

Four boys among a group of 13 trapped in a flooded Thai cave reached the rescue base camp inside the complex on Sunday and will walk out soon, the country's defense ministry spokesman told AFP.

Eight boys and their coach remain trapped in the caves, with rescue operations now on hold after the first entry depleted resources. The pause will give divers time to prepare gear, including masks and refilling air tanks, for the next round of rescue efforts.

Expert divers managed to get four of the 12 boys to safety on Sunday.

Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the rescued boys.

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Photo taken on July 8, 2018 shows that the first two boys are transfered to the field hospital after being brought out near the cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand. In addition to treatment areas, the hospital will also provide reunion rooms for the young boys and their families. Their condition was not immediately clear.

18 divers, 13 foreign and five from Thailand, reportedly entered the cave system at around 10am local time.

The operation to rescue the boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach by having them dive out of the flooded cave began Sunday morning, with expert divers entering the sprawling complex for the complicated and unsafe mission.

Expert divers entered the sprawling complex for the complicated and risky mission.

"All conditions are still as good as they were yesterday", Chiang Rai acting Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn said tonight.

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His news of creating an escape pod came after USA and Thai officials got four boys out of the flooded cave network after spending 15 days trapped along with their soccer coach.

The first boy emerged from the cave at 5:40 p.m., less than eight hours after the operation began.

Their plight has transfixed Thailand and the rest of the world, as authorities struggled to devise a plan to get the boys and their coach out through twisting, narrow and jagged passageways that in some places are completely flooded.

They spent nine days unaccounted for inside the cave, before British divers found the emaciated and dishevelled group huddling on a muddy bank.

He added, "It's up for them to deliberate".

The cave system, in a limestone mountain range bordering Myanmar in northern Thailand, has proven to be a formidable challenge for the worldwide rescue coalition, drawing some of the world's best divers who have volunteered to help in the operation alongside Thai Navy Seals.

Osotthanakorn said the boys were hungry and asking for a Thai dish of beef with basil and chilli.

He said the boys rescued Sunday are strong and safe but need to undergo detailed medical checks.

"Today was the best day, the best situation in terms of the weather, the health of the boys, our water management for our rescue effort", the governor said. General Kongcheep Tantrawanit said, referring to the area where rescue workers had set up a base.

It is expected that the operation will continue in the next 12 hours.

The second operation started at 11 a.m. local time Monday.

Two ambulances left the cave and drove to a nearby helipad, and a helicopter was seen taking off. The rescue mission was made harder by the high diving skills required to navigate the caves.

He says: "If we keep on waiting and the rains come in the next three or four days, our readiness will decrease".

"This mission was successful because we had power". On 23rd June, 12 members of a junior soccer team and their coach visited Tham Luang Cave which is a popular tourist destination in Thailand.

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