First boys rescued from cave healthy, demand fried rice in hospital

Fighting time, high waters, divers prepare to rescue second group of Thai boys from cave

Fighting time, high waters, divers prepare to rescue second group of Thai boys from cave

He said 13 foreign divers and five Thai navy SEALs were taking part in the key leg of the rescue: taking the boys from where they have been sheltering and through dark, tight and twisting passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents.

The unsafe bid to rescue the boys - aged between 11 and 16 - resumed after a break on Sunday night to replenish oxygen supplies and make other preparations deep inside the cave complex in northern Thailand's Chiang Rai province.

The second phase began at 11 a.m. local time, which is midnight Eastern time.

A Royal Thai Police helicopter carrying rescued schoolboys lands at a military airport in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 8, 2018.

After Musk received an outpouring of gratitude for his rescue plans, he replied: "Thanks, we've not done anything useful yet".

Narongsak quipped: "If the God of Rain has mercy for us, we may be able to finish it fast".

Meanwhile, Thailand's weather department said there was a 60 percent chance of rain on Monday with thunderstorms forecast throughout the week.

Thai governor Narongsak Osottanakorn described the first rescue as "our masterpiece work" and claimed the four rescued boys were in "perfect" health - despite earlier reports that one was being "closely monitored". "This morning they complained that they are hungry and they asked for fried basil with rice", he added in front of global media.

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The rescues were carried out with a diver holding each boy underneath him as they swam through the cave, the boy breathing through a mask and attached by a tether, while another diver swam in front of them, Narongsak said.

The 12 boys, ages 11 to 16 and their coach had been trapped for more than two weeks. According to the ABC, the divers who undertook the operation yesterday are undertaking the second attempt. The search and rescue operation has involved dozens of worldwide experts and rescuers, including a USA military team.

Thai authorities say four more boys have arrived safely at the hospital following their rescue after having been trapped in a flooded cave for more than two weeks.

Authorities spent hours replenishing air tanks along the cave's treacherous exit route.

Extracting everyone from the cave could take up four days, but Sunday's success raised hopes that could be done. They and were in good condition in hospital, officials said. Thai Navy SEALs later announced two more had been freed in what Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn called a "very smooth operation".

The four boys, rescued on Sunday, were flown by helicopter from the Tham Luang cave to the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital, located at the heart of Chiang Rai province, about 70 km (40 miles) away. There were several concerns that prompted authorities to move forward with the plan to dive the boys out. Add Thailand Cave Rescue as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Thailand Cave Rescue news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

A Thai forestry official said water levels were still declining in the cave due to thousands of pumps operating inside and had not been significantly affected by the intermittent rain of the past 48 hours.

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