Boys Emerge Safely From Cave In Thailand; Rescue Mission Continues

First boys rescued from cave in northern Thailand after two-week ordeal

First boys rescued from cave in northern Thailand after two-week ordeal

Thirteen medical teams were stationed outside the cave - each with its own helicopter and ambulance - one for each of the 12 boys and their coach.

The first two boys successfully completed their mission at 5.40pm and 5.50pm local time (8.40pm and 8.50pm AEST), with another two following two hours later, ten minutes apart. Late Sunday, it posted that a fourth boy is out of the cave.

Prayuth also declined to answer questions about health of the four boys rescued yesterday.

There are reports the divers re-entered the cave around 1pm local time Monday. Each boy is being accompanied by two divers and it takes hours to negotiate the flooded tunnels through the dark, murky water.

The soccer team and coach became stranded when they went exploring inside the cave after a practice back on June 23rd.

"We have to place new oxygen tanks (along the route) as the previous ones have been used in today's operation", he noted.

Four boys who are a part of a junior football team have been rescued. Officials did not immediately comment. He said that process can take several hours. Dr. Ashton said the boys are possibly weak from lack of solid foods and from being sedentary on a small beach inside the cave where most remain marooned.

Efforts are expected to restart on Monday as low water levels in the cave have provided a brief window for a safer rescue.

Twelve boys - aged 11-16- and their coach have been trapped in the caves for two weeks near Chang Rai as rescuers carefully watched the weather.

He said the healthiest were taken out first, and the next phase of the operation would start in 10-20 hours.

After considering a "bouncy castle" air tube that the kids might be able to wriggle through to safety, Musk and his team settled on the idea of building a kid-sized submarine, equipped with external air tanks.

Footage shared on Musk's Twitter account shows a group testing the device in a Los Angeles high school swimming pool.

Between the base camp inside the cave and the trapped boys are twisting, turning cave passageways with torrents of water gushing through.

The first four rescued boys have been placed in a ward set aside specifically for the cave rescue, a source at the hospital said.

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

Authorities temporarily stopped rescue efforts on Monday to replenish air tanks along the cave's perilous exit course.

A team of 13 global cave diving experts and five Thai divers entered the precarious cave system at 10am local time on Sunday, after attempts to drill through to them were abandoned. They were quickly transported to a hospital in the town of Chiang Rai, the provincial capital. Before announcing that the rescue was underway, authorities ordered the throngs of media that have gathered at the cave from around the world to leave.

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.

The entire group had been trapped for more than two weeks.

"Hopefully useful", said Musk.

But in today's tweets, Musk made clear that he wouldn't consider the effort wasted even if it doesn't come into play in the flooded Thai cave.

On Saturday, Thai Navy SEALs published touching notes scrawled by the trapped footballers to their families, who had been waiting for them agonisingly close by outside the cave entrance.

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