Thai cave rescue: Four more boys extracted in second operation

  • Thai cave rescue: Four more boys extracted in second operation

Thai cave rescue: Four more boys extracted in second operation

The first eight boys rescued from a Thai cave complex are in good health overall and some asked for chocolate bread for breakfast, officials said on Tuesday as rescuers began a third and more challenging final mission to free the remaining five.

Narongsak would not identify the rescued boys. One boy reportedly emerged from the cave before 5 p.m. local time.

The rescuers have been learning from experience and were two hours faster in bringing the second batch of survivors out on Monday.

Thai soldiers arrive at the Tham Luang cave area as the operations continue for those still trapped inside the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 9, 2018. The state of the boys' health remains unknown.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha visited the cave site on Monday night and was seen talking with family members of the stranded team, according to The Guardian.

The first four boys to be rescued are aged 14 to 16, and two of them possibly have a lung infection - all are expected to stay in hospital for at least seven days.

All of the rescued boys had low temperatures, but are being warmed up.

"They need to undergo more medical tests", he told reporters yesterday.

Nargonsak said this phase may take longer than the previous two rescue missions, which both lasted several hours.

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

The general leading the huge global effort to rescue the young footballers and their coach thanked the god of rain for his forbearance, as the boys were guided out of the Tham Luang caves in full-face masks - easier than traditional respirators for novice divers to use - during an intense nine-hour operation.

They were found last Monday by two expert British divers.

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The boys, some of whom don't know how to swim, have also been taught diving techniques to prepare them for their hard journey home. The rescue effort is slowed somewhat by the fact that the team must replenish supplies and oxygen tanks that line the 2.5-mile route out of the cave.

"If Phra Pirun helps us, we might be able to do it very quickly", Narongsak said, again invoking the god of rain, who is widely revered in Thailand.

"I am very happy about those who already made it out and I think everyone will be out today", said Waranchit Karnkaew, 14, who also said the football-mad boys had been closely following games at the World Cup in Russian Federation before they were trapped.