Expert divers assigned to the task of saving a youth soccer team trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for more than two weeks looked set to resume their operation on Monday, a day after four people were brought out. The four boys survived the treacherous journey through the Tham Luang caves, all emerging to walk unscathed into the hands of waiting medics.
The dramatic and unsafe rescue at the Tham Luang cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai was launched on Sunday and four boys were brought out that day.
On Sunday night, Must tweeted that the submarine would arrive about 11 p.m. on Monday local time.
The rescued boys are being kept in sterilized isolation units at a nearby hospital, which prohibits physical contact, and their parents have not been told they're safe.
Expert divers have so far rescued eight boys from a flooded cave in Thailand, leaving another four youngsters and their football coach to be brought to safety.
None of the boys' identities have not yet been publicly revealed.
The four unidentified boys were the second batch to be retrieved in as many days by ace rescue divers from a deep and winding cave in the northernmost reaches of Thailand.
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Ambulance Leaves Thai Cave on 2nd Day of Rescue Operation
The second phase of a rescue operation has ended for the day, with more than half of the Thai soccer team rescued from the cave. Rescue mission chief Narongsak Osottanakorn said it had resumed, with divers re-entering the cave at 11am local time (4pm NZT).
Two divers accompanied each of the boys, all of whom have been learning to dive only since July 2, when the first searchers found them.
The first kilometer is the hardest, CNN explains, as that's where the children have to navigate a narrow flooded channel.
Rescuers are racing to beat the next rain, which could make their efforts more hard and risky.
Officials said it had not changed the water level in the cave but forecasters have warned rain could continue to hit the area throughout the week.
Every time an ambulance goes by or a helicopter roars overhead, it's a sign that a rescue is underway and another team member is en route to the Chiang Rai hospital.
"This morning they complained that they are hungry and they asked for fried basil with rice". "No hugging or touching and they [visitors] need to leave a one to two metre distance from the patients until the results of their blood tests come back".
The other, and perhaps more worrying, was that oxygen levels in the complex were falling close to unsafe levels. Visitors would need to wear sanitized clothes and stay two meters away from the children.
The four boys pulled from the cave Sunday in an urgent and risky operation that involved them diving through the cave's dark, tight and twisting passages were happy and in good health, authorities said. "With the entire round trip taking roughly 11 hours to complete, it could be days before the entire group emerges".
Four of the boys were rescued on Sunday, and authorities said the next phase could begin any time within a 10-hour window that began about 7 a.m. Monday.