Thai cave rescue sees four more boys freed

Second day of Thailand cave rescue

Medics appeared to remove one person on a stretcher but hid the person's identity behind multiple white umbrellas.

The rescue operation, which commenced on Sunday, was carried out in three phases.

Rescuers are hustling to bring the remaining members of the Wild Boar soccer to out of the Tham Luang Nang Non cave before monsoon rainstorm forecast for the area strikes and threaten to flood the cave again. On Monday, four more were rushed to a hospital.

Ambulances were on standby to receive the next batch of boys who are expected to be plucked from the cave.

The second phase began at 11 a.m. local time, which is midnight Eastern time. That left four boys and the team's coach trapped inside as the operation was called off for the day.

A Thai navy official confirmed to Reuters that a boy was freed from the cave on Monday afternoon local time. Previously, round trips through the cave network would take about 11 hours.

The rescued boys are being kept in sterilized isolation units at a nearby hospital, which prohibits physical contact, and their parents have not been told they're safe.

It appears that the team were going into the cave as part of an initiation ceremony which tasked the boys with reaching the end of the cave and returning having written their names on the far wall.

Finally, the 13 were discovered deep inside the mountain, fleeing rising waters and depleting oxygen levels.

Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda told reporters the rescued boys were in good health in hospital but did not give details.

The fifth boy has been extracted from the cave in northern Thailand where 12 members of a boys' soccer team and their coach have been trapped for more than two weeks, a witness told Xinhua.

As many as four boys stuck in the Tham Luang cave had been rescued on Sunday.

There was no immediate word on their conditions.

Earlier Monday, Narongsak said the four rescued the day before were in good spirits.

The urgent and unsafe effort has involved the boys diving through the cave's tight and twisting passages, guided by experienced divers.

He later visited the eight rescued boys at the Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital. There was heavy rain reported in the area, but that did not change the level of the water in the already flooded cave. All were being treated in a Chiang Rai hospital in an isolation ward.

The four boys pulled from the cave Sunday were happy and in good health, authorities said.

Even tech billionaire Elon Musk has been lending a helping hand.

The film and television studio also posted a video of Scott on their official Twitter handle. If the tests are successful, the sub would be placed on a 17-hour flight to Thailand. Four more boys and the coach remain in the cave.

They were guided by expert divers who plotted the hours-long escape through more than four kilometres (2.5 miles) of twisting passageways and flooded chambers.

At least nine ambulances loaded with stretchers and blue oxygen tanks waited by the mouth of the cave on Monday.

Following the initial rescues Sunday, the operation was paused for about 10 hours while divers replenished air tanks along the exit tunnel.

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