4 of 12 Boys Trapped in Thailand Cave Have Been Rescued

Thailand Navy SEALs Confirm Multiple Boys of Youth Soccer Team Rescued from Cave

At a news conference Monday, former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said the second rescue involved numerous same divers who brought the four boys out on Sunday. Nine people remain trapped in the cave.

Giving an update on the four boys pulled from the cave Sunday, Narongsak said, "This morning, they said they were hungry and wanted to eat khao pad grapao" - a popular Thai rice dish of meat stir-fried with basil and chili peppers.

"Experts' assessments indicate that today is the most ready we can be", Choorat Panngao, Provincial Police Region 5 deputy commander said. But it began raining heavily just after the first boys were rescued.

The four people rescued Sunday are now receiving medical treatment at Prachanukroh hospital in Chiang Rai, around 35 miles away, where the eighth floor has been reserved for the soccer team, their coach and their families - who have maintained a patient vigil by the entrance to the cave while the boys have been underground.

Extracting everyone from the cave could take up four days, but Sunday's success raised hopes that could be done.

The four boys pulled from the cave Sunday in an urgent and unsafe operation that involved them diving through the cave's dark, tight and twisting passages were happy and in good health, authorities said.

He said the health of the five people remaining in the cave was "still good" and rescuers would resume an operation to retrieve them in about 20 hours' time. Four came out Monday, and it is possible Tuesday's plan was to bring out four more.

A risky mission to rescue 12 Thai schoolboys and their soccer coach trapped inside a flooded cave for more than two weeks began on Sunday.

The dramatic and risky rescue was launched on Sunday and four boys were brought out that day.

Thai Royal Navy inside the Tham Luang cave on July 7. They were accompanied by two divers throughout.

On Friday, the death of a former Thai navy SEAL underscored the risks.

Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osottanakorn said Saturday that mild weather and falling water levels in recent days had created the "perfect" conditions for an underwater evacuation.

That makes for eight of the 13 people who have been trapped under increasingly risky conditions since late last month.

Heavy rain hit the area on Sunday night, with storms forecast throughout the week for the northern Chiang Rai province. Saman Gunan was returning from a mission to provide the group with air tanks when he ran out of oxygen.

Elon Musk has offered his assistance and has floated plans to save the soccer team stranded in a Thai cave network. Monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days, CBS News reported.

The ordeal has riveted Thailand and captured the world's attention.

The rescue operation involved 50 foreign divers and 40 Thai divers.

He added that he is sending engineers from two of his companies, SpaceX and The Boring Company, to travel to Thailand to offer further assistance.

On Sunday, Musk tweeted a series of videos showing a team of divers testing the pod in the swimming pool at Palisades Charter High School. A few hours later, Michael Safi, a Guardian reporter, confirmed that the sixth boy had been rescued.

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