Divers go in to save all remaining Thai boys trapped in cave

Police use umbrellas to cover a stretcher at a military airport in Chiang Rai

Police use umbrellas to cover a stretcher at a military airport in Chiang Rai

The identity of the rescued boys has not been confirmed by authorities.

The rain has started to pour in Thailand's Mae Sai, which could complicate efforts to rescue the four boys and their soccer coach still trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave.

At least nine ambulances have been waiting at the site after the leader of the rescue operation said Tuesday's aim was to bring out all five as well as a medic and three Thai Navy SEALS, who have been with the trapped boys.

Officials described the rescued boys as "hungry but happy".

Heavy rain began falling Tuesday as rescuers worked to replenish oxygen tanks for the third mission side the cave. They are being quarantined in hospital but are said to be in "good health'". Medical experts say they are in high spirits and generally healthy.

Rescue operations commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn announced the successful extraction of four more "Wild Boars" soccer team members out of the Tham Luang cave and expressed confidence that rescuers would be able to bring to safety the last batch of five survivors tomorrow faster than they did in the past two days.

Rescue operation chief Narongsak Osotthanakorn, former governor of Chiang Rai, made the announcement at the Pong Pha tambon administration organisation near the cave on Tuesday morning.

Phuwadech Kamnguen, a 14-year-old best friend of one of the trapped boys, said he's looking forward to eating KFC with the team again.

Meanwhile, a letter of apology from the coach of the football team was delivered to the boys' parents via the cave divers.

The hazardous bid to rescue the boys - aged between 11 and 16 - started unexpectedly on Sunday when the rescue team said conditions were ideal for the evacuation.

Two of the boys are thought to have lung infections, but there are no serious complaints to report.

"The kids are footballers so they have high immune systems", Mr Jesada said.

Four were rescued Sunday and another four were rescued on Monday.

Family members have seen at least some of the boys from behind a glass isolation barrier, and Jesada said doctors may let the boys walk around their beds Tuesday.

About 0.6 miles of the journey on Sunday was believed to be underwater, requiring the boys to wear full face masks.

Operations to pump water out of the cave went on despite heavy rain showers on Sunday and Monday.

At a news conference Monday, former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said the second rescue involved numerous same divers who brought the four boys out on Sunday. It could take two to four days complete the mission, officials said.

So far eight of the boys have been rescued.

But the early signs were promising, with X-rays and blood tests showing just two had signs of pneumonia and that they were in a "normal state" after taking antibiotics, Jedsada said.

Musk posted videos and photos of divers testing out the submarine in a Los Angeles pool.

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