Fifth boy removed from Thailand cave as rescue mission continues

Fifth boy removed from Thailand cave as rescue mission continues

Fifth boy removed from Thailand cave as rescue mission continues

The boys have been trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave since June 23 when they and their coach entered and were then cut off by flash flooding. "We should hear good news again", Narongsak said. Experts say it's crucial for their survival that the remaining boys are told of the positive news. The official declined to be identified as he is not authorised to speak to the media. Four more of the trapped soccer team were rescued this morning, bringing the total to eight.

The mission to rescue a group of boys and their soccer coach trapped in the flooded cave since June 23 resumed hours earlier on Monday.

During the hours-long trip out of the cave, each boy was accompanied underwater by two divers helping them navigate the dark, murky water.

They were the second batch to undertake the perilous journey out of Tham Luang cave in Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai, after the first, weakest four left on Sunday in a similarly successful extraction.

Night's relatives have said they believe the group went to the cave to celebrate his 16th birthday after a Saturday football practice and got caught as heavy rains caused the water inside the cave to suddenly rise.

On Sunday, officials waited until several hours after the rescued boys had been transported to hospitals to announce their rescue.

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The disappearance of the boys and their novice monk turned soccer coach from this small town on the Thailand-Myanmar border - remarkably found alive nine days after they went missing June 23 - launched an extraordinary saga of worldwide cooperation and ingenuity, as experts from many fields planned how to maneuver all 13 out alive.

Four ambulances were seen leaving the Thai cave site Monday.

Upon exiting the cave, they were evacuated by helicopter and ambulance to hospital in Chiang Rai province, where they remain.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha plans to host a thank-you party for all the rescue teams, Mr Narongsak said.

Narongsak Osatanakorn, the former Chiang Rai governor who's been heading the rescue operation, said the four children had to dive more than half a mile to get to safety. Rescue operations chief Narongsak Osottanakorn described Sunday's initial rescue bid as "D-Day" when it was launched, and there were fears that any one of many potential pitfalls could prove deadly.

The fate of the boys and their coach has gripped Thailand and drawn attention from around the world.

The Thai cave rescue
Two of the eight rescued so far have shown signs of a potential lung infection, but there is a hope they could honour the invite. The SEALs say they're still waiting for a medic and three Navy SEALs who stayed with the boys to emerge from the cave.

Authorities have so far refused to release the identities or conditions of the four who have escaped.

A hint of setting sun and blue skies broke through the heavy clouds behind the caves as a helicopter whirred through the sky, carrying the last boys recovered to a hospital in nearby Chiang Rai.

"This morning they said they were hungry and wanted to eat khao pad grapao", Osotthanakorn said, referring to a Thai dish of meat fried with chili and basil and served over rice. Two of them possibly have a lung infection but all eight are generally "healthy and smiling", he said. He said rescuers told the parents that the "strongest children" would be brought out first.

"We expect that if there is no unusual condition. the 4 boys, 1 coach, the doctor, and 3 SEALs who have been with the boys since the first day will will come out today", he told a press conference to loud cheering.

"I'm hoping for good news", he said. On top of all the concerns inside the cave, Thailand's rainy season is looming.

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