Amid jubilation, 4 more boys rescued from flooded Thai cave

Amid jubilation, 4 more boys rescued from flooded Thai cave

Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda had said early Monday that the same divers who took part in Sunday's rescue would return to extricate the others as they know the cave conditions and what to do.

Image: A crowd watches as ambulances transport some of the rescued boysA crowd watches as ambulances transport some of the rescued boys to a hospital on Monday.Lauren DeCicca / Getty Images Three more boys were carried out in the hours that followed, according to a post on the Thai navy SEALs Facebook page.

The eight freed boys of the Thai soccer team may have seen daylight for the first time in weeks, but they still can not come face-to-face with their loved ones.

The first part of the rescue involves elite divers who are holding the boys' oxygen tanks in front of them as they are escorted through narrow submerged holes.

Update: 6:45 a.m. EDT- Rescue workers brought out a fifth boy at 5 p.m. local time (6 a.m. EDT) Monday from the cave in Thailand, the Guardian reported.

Witnesses say the boys freed Monday were treated at a make-shift hospital at the site, before being taken to a local hospital.

Monsoon flooding cut off their escape route and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days. Rescuers to take a break to place more air canisters along the underwater route to where the boys and their coach have been trapped since June 23rd.

Hundreds of spectators and journalists have gathered in the area around the cave, hoping for news that the boys and their coach would emerge safely. Each of the rescued boys has been guided through the dark winding cave by a pair of divers.

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Another, of indistinct origin, asked their teacher not to give them a lot of homework. 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.

Mr Narongsak allayed concerns that recent heavy rain might have raised water levels, saying conditions were "as good as yesterday" "We should hear good news again", he added. All but the last of the boys rescued today have reached the top provincial hospital 60 kilometers away.

On Sunday, officials decided they could no longer wait, saying conditions were "as ideal as they will be" for a rescue attempt.

The boys who were pulled from the cave late Sunday are recovering from their ordeal in a newly converted isolation ward at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital. "All eight are in good health, no fever. everyone is in a good mental state", Jedsada Chokdamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the public health ministry, said at Chiang Rai hospital where the boys were recuperating on Tuesday morning.

A retired Thai navy SEAL died Friday after he ran out of oxygen while placing compressed-air tanks along the exit route. When it became clear the boys were likely going to have to dive out, experts were sent in to teach them how to use scuba gear.

Somboon Sompiangjai, 38, the father of one of the trapped boys, said parents were told by rescuers ahead of Sunday's operation the "strongest children" would be brought out first. "We've used all the oxygen", Osatanakorn told reporters.

Chiang Rai health officials have told the Thai media that the families of the children can see them later tonight but "no hugging, no kissing" until their blood results are known. The most unsafe part is the first kilometer, during which the divers and boys are required to squeeze through a narrow, flooded channel.

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