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'Better than expected' rescue suspended for night; four out

'Better than expected' rescue suspended for night; four out

An aide to the Thai Navy SEAL commander said four boys were brought out of the flooded cave on Monday and the ongoing rescue operation is over for the day.

A Royal Thai Police helicopter carrying rescued schoolboys lands at a military airport in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 8, 2018.

Rescue workers in Thailand brought out on Monday two more people from a flooded cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped for more than two weeks, apparently taking the total number rescued to seven. But a father of one of the boys told Reuters parents "can't visit our boys in hospital" and that "we have not been told which child has been brought out".

The mission which started Sunday is a race against the clock with heavy rain expected this week which would again flood the tunnels with fast-flowing, rising water.

Spicy Thai basil leaves on rice, or Pad Krapao, was the meal of choice for the four Mu Pa Academy football players after they were rescued from Tham Luang Cave on Sunday, rescue mission chief Narongsak Osottanakorn said on Monday.

'The doctors are evaluating when the parents and other relatives can visit the boys in hospital.

Hundreds of spectators and journalists have gathered in the area around the cave, hoping for news that the boys and their coach would emerge safely.

The eighth boy from a group of 12 who have been trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand for more than two weeks has been rescued.

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Officials last week said they would bring the fittest people in the group out first, but Narongsak later said that whoever was ready first would be escorted out.

Wearing full-face masks, the youngsters swam - for the first time in their lives - through miles of mud-clogged underwater tunnels which claimed the life of an elite Thai navy diver on Friday.

The saga has dominated global headlines, with the team spending nine days unaccounted for inside the cave, before British divers found them - emaciated and dishevelled - huddling on a muddy bank above the flooding.

When it was realised that the boys were in the cave system, divers began the process of trying to find them in the enormous area. Jesada 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".

The rescue team are facing a race against time to get the remaining boys out before oxygen levels in the cave get even lower and before even more rain falls during the monsoon season, which lasts until October.

He said that water level in the cave continued to recede, facilitating the rescue operations five hours early on Monday.

"All conditions are still as good as they were yesterday", Narongsak told a news conference. Thai Navy SEALs and worldwide cave diving experts brought out four boys Sunday, and the operation is continuing today.

According to the Associated Press, a Thai official revealed that the healthiest boys were taken out of the cave first. I've told Yod to get ready to take me out for fried chicken.


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