Eight boys rescued from Thai cave in good mental, physical state

Eight boys rescued from Thai cave in good mental, physical state

Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around their hospital beds.

It could be at least seven days before they can be released from hospital, Jesada said. Four of them were rescued from the flooded Tham Luang cave on Sunday and the other four on Monday. "But we will have a psychiatrist to evaluate them".

A rescuer moves to the entrance to a cave complex where five still were trapped in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong, Inspector General of the Public Health Ministry, said the first four boys taken out on Sunday were eating normal and plain food.

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They had been trapped inside the Tham Luang cave for more than two weeks.

The risky operation to rescue the 12 boys and their coach began early Sunday morning and the entire operation involves 90 expert divers from around the world.

Four more members of a youth soccer team were pulled from a flooded cave in a second round of rescue operations in Thailand on Monday.

Another two more boys left the cave complex a short time later followed by the fourth boy.

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Tragedy strikes: a diver helping to establish an air line to the boys dies after passing out while returning from the chamber, raising serious doubts over the safety of attempting a rescue.

The rescue mission began on Sunday morning, almost a week since the 12 boys, aged 11 to 16, and their coach had been discovered on an embankment 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) inside the winding tunnels. A family member told CNN Monday that they hadn't been told which boys had been pulled out, and who is still trapped in the cave.

The four boys rescued Sunday are recovering in a nearby hospital and are yet to see their parents.

"There's a likelihood of resilience, assuming everyone comes out, there's no fatalities, I think the worst is behind them", Adesman said.

All preparations, including replacing the oxygen cylinders positioned along the route out in the cave, take at least 20 hours, he said.

"We have more expertise than yesterday", he said.

The search and rescue operation has riveted people both in Thailand and internationally, with journalists from across the globe traveling to this town along the border with Myanmar to report on the ordeal. They were discovered nine days later by two British volunteer rescue divers.

The other, and perhaps more worrying, was that oxygen levels in the complex were falling close to unsafe levels.

Dozens of foreign divers and other experts from around the world were brought in to help the rescue effort, working alongside Thai Navy SEALs.

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