Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Rescuers free eighth boy from cave in Thailand

Rescuers free eighth boy from cave in Thailand

The aide, Sitthichai Klangpattana, refused to comment on the boys' health or the operation, which has wrapped up for the day.

Four boys were taken out from the Tham Luang cave complex during a successful first operation on Sunday, while four more were safely brought out on the second day of rescue operation. "Oxygen bottles are next few hours we will have good news", Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters, after announcing the second phase of the rescue bid had begun.

Somboon Sompiangjai, 38, the father of one of the trapped boys, said parents had been told by rescuers that the "strongest children" would be brought out first.

"A lot of people were afraid if it were to rain a lot".

Heavy rain soaked the area overnight, increasing the risks in what has been called a "war with water and time" to save the boys.

It is understood the same divers who rescued the first four boys have been given the job of getting the remaining team members out.

Efforts are expected to restart on Monday as low water levels in the cave have provided a brief window for a safer rescue.

"The medical team is considering whether to let closest relative visit them", Osotthanakorn said.

The boys, aged 11-16, and their coach, 25, were trapped inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai after a football game on June 23.

Four were rescued Sunday and another four were rescued on Monday.

Authorities believe it could be another four days before all are out. Those conditions won't last if the rain resumes, he said.

Former Thai navy SEAL Saman Kunan passed out making the dive on Friday and died.

He said the last five survivors in the cave were in good health, adding that those who are now at the hospital could not eat fried rice yet because they will have to adjust themselves with the eating.

Then the problem became how to get them out as more rainy season showers loomed.

Thai officials are not only racing against worsening weather, but also lowered oxygen levels in the underground complex.

Narongsak said rescuers would meet Monday evening to plan for the next operation. They are considered some of the finest divers in the world, but the operation is incredibly challenging even for such experts. The Associated Press reports that four ambulances were seen leaving the area near the cave entrance on Monday, with patients taken to waiting helicopters.

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