Tenth boy walks from Thai cave as rescue mission nears end

Divers rescue fifth boy from flooded Thailand cave

Divers rescue fifth boy from flooded Thailand cave

As a youth soccer team is gradually evacuated from a flooded cave complex in northern Thailand, Hollywood producers are already eyeing a new box office smash.

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.

A whole floor of the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital has been reserved for the soccer team.

Those rescued Monday was brought by helicopter to a hospital in Chiang Rai - to join the four others taken out the previous day.

Heavy rain began falling Tuesday as rescuers worked to replenish oxygen tanks for the third mission inside the cave.

In the past two days, eight boys were rescued and are now in a hospital isolation ward while they are tested for any possible infections.

"All 12 "Wild Boars" and coach have been extracted from the cave", the post said. Rescue mission chief and former governor of the Chiang Rai province Narongsak Osottanakorn said the boys were not being named out of respect for the families who still had sons trapped in the cave.

Another four were rescued on Monday and the last four boys and the coach were brought out on Tuesday.

Two of the boys are thought to have lung infections, but there are no serious complaints to report.

A team of 19 divers resumed the rescue mission at 10 a.m. local time on Tuesday, Thai officials said.

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On Sunday, officials said it could "take days" to rescue the remaining boys and their coach.

Jedsada Chokdumrongsuk, permanent secretary at the Public Health Ministry, said they were uncertain what type of infections the boys could face "because we have never experienced this kind of issue from a deep cave".

Volunteers from as far away as Australia and the United States helped with the effort to rescue the boys. Relatives were able to see them through a glass partition, Narongsak said.

Three boys and their soccer coach remain to be removed from the cave.

Operations to pump water out of the cave went on despite heavy rain showers on Sunday and Monday.

The eight boys brought out by divers over the previous two days are in "high spirits" and have strong immune systems because they are soccer players, a senior health official said. After they were found on July 2, officials cautioned it could take some time to get them out, but with heavy rain forecast to hit the region authorities chose to act.

Speaking to reporters after the news conference, Narongsak said that while Musk's technology was "good and sophisticated", it was "not practical for the mission".

The rescuers have been learning from experience and were two hours faster in bringing out the second batch of survivors on Monday.

The drama has captivated people worldwide as cave experts grappled with the problem of how to free the young, malnourished boys, some of whom couldn't swim, from a flooded cavern as monsoon rains threatened to raise water levels even further.

American billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk tweeted Monday that he had visited the cave and left behind a mini-sub rescue vehicle "in case it may be useful in the future". Two divers accompanied each of the boys, all of whom have been learning to dive only since July 2, when searchers found them.

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