2nd rescue underway at flooded Thai cave

Thailand Navy SEALs Confirm Multiple Boys of Youth Soccer Team Rescued from Cave

While the governor would not confirm the identities of the four boys, he said the first one emerged at 5:40 p.m. local time (6.40 a.m. ET), followed by the second boy 10 minutes later.

He said the four boys rescued on Sunday were "hungry but in good health". The rescued children were taken to the hospital, and officials said early Monday that they are strong and safe but need to undergo detailed medical checks.

An Australian doctor with cave diving experience examined the boys on Sunday and declared them fit for the operation, authorities said.

Narongsak said he didn't know when the team would be able to rescue the rest of the boys but he estimated at least 10 hours and no more than 20.

Workers have been laboring around the clock to pump water out of the cave, and authorities said Monday that heavy downpours overnight did not raise water levels inside.

Eight boys and their coach remain trapped in the caves, with rescue operations now on hold after the first entry depleted resources.

The Thai navy confirmed to the Guardian that the first two boys were freed late on Sunday afternoon and then airlifted to Chiang Rai city, which is about 50 miles from the cave.

The four boys guided from the cave Sunday in an urgent and unsafe operation that involved them diving through the cave's dark, tight and twisting passages were happy and in good health, authorities said. The operation to get them out was supposed to resume only after new oxygen tanks could be placed along their route of escape, which is partially underwater. A family member told CNN Monday that they hadn't been told which boys had been pulled out, and who is still trapped in the cave.

Eight of the 12 boys, ages 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach remained stranded as of Monday morning. "Not wise questions to ask", Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha told reporters in Bangkok on Monday morning when asked about the conditions of the four.

Four of the boys' teammates and Thai dive experts were flown to the same hospital for treatment the day before.

He added that he is sending engineers from two of his companies, SpaceX and The Boring Company, to travel to Thailand to offer further assistance.

In an indication of how unsafe the journey can be, a former Thai navy diver died in the caves on Friday. But it began raining heavily just after the first boys were rescued.

Rescuers have been navigating a risky and complicated plan to get the children out under the threat of heavy rain and rising water underground.

Wearing full-face masks, which are easier for novice divers than traditional respirators, each boy is being accompanied by two divers, who also carry his air supply.

His visit with relatives and rescue officials last week was criticized by some Thais as opportunistic as his government faced pro-democracy protests in the capital Bangkok in recent months. The boys, all members of a local soccer team called the Wild Boars, had been hiking in the caves when they became trapped by rain waters.

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