Thai cave rescue site cleared to 'help victims'

Thai cave rescue site cleared to 'help victims'

The second day of the underground rescue attempt began at 11:00am local time (2:00pm AEST). In total, the mission could last several days, he also said, though the team of global divers on the site are apparently feeling "buoyed" by the success of the operation so far. The boys rescued Sunday were described as strong and safe but needed to undergo medical checks.

Parents say they haven't been told which boys were taken out of the cave, and have not been allowed to visit them in hospital.

Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda said the same divers who took part in Sunday's rescue will return to extricate the others as they know the cave conditions and what to do. Spare air canisters had also been placed along the route.

4 boys were brought out safely from the cave, but the mission was paused to replace the air tanks.

The Thai government has confirmed that rescuers have managed to free four boys from the cave in Northern Thailand where they have been trapped for two weeks.

"The operation went much better than expected", said Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is overseeing the mission.

"I would like to inform the public at home and those who have been giving us support all along, after 16 days, today's the day we've been waiting for, we are seeing the Wild Boars in the flesh now".

The rescue team leader said that, in some of the larger caverns, extensive pumping had reduced water levels so that they were now walkable, even with the onset of fresh monsoon rain on Sunday.

Under thundery skies yesterday, 13 worldwide cave divers and five Thai navy SEALS locked arms and vowed: 'We'll bring the Wild Boar team home'. While that's gone well, there's still a high chance of more rain in the area, and the mission plans could be affected over the course of the next several hours - and that will determine whether or not the escape pod will find use in this endeavor.


"If we are asked to send more of course we will, but we are part of an global response group working under the guidance of the Thai government and the Thai navy", Ms Bishop said.

The death on Friday of a former Thai navy Seal, Saman Gunan, underlined the risks.

REUTERS/GETTYThailand cave rescue update: Have all the boys now been rescued? Officials said Monday that despite rain Monday morning, the weather was holding out so far.

Rescuers are also in a race against time, with weather forecasters warning heavy rain could hit the area on Monday afternoon and continue through the week.

The football team have been in the cave since 23 June, when rising water levels trapped them inside. "We hope they are coming out today". Late Sunday, it posted that a fourth boy is out of the cave.

Thousands of people including soldiers, navy and police have been mobilised for the operation to save 12 young footballers and their coach from the Moo Pa team - or "wild boar" in Thai.

The boys sounded calm and reassuring in handwritten notes to their families that were transported by divers and made public Saturday.

"I promise to take the very best care of the kids", he wrote.

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