Eight soccer team members rescued from flooded Thai cave, 5 remain trapped

Four boys rescued from Thailand cave; rescue efforts will continue tonight

The first stage of the mission ran "smoothly" and the rescued boys were in "good health", according to the Thai authorities.

The unsafe bid to rescue the boys - aged between 11 and 16 - got going again hours earlier on Monday after a break to replenish oxygen supplies and make other preparations deep inside the cave complex.

Eight people remain trapped in the cave.

Authorities have said extracting the entire team from the cave could take up to four days, but Sunday's success raised hopes that it could be done faster.

When looking at an animation of the cave rescue, Brick said, "The ceiling dips down enough in certain areas that it forms a waterproof seal when those passages fill up". The same process was used Sunday for at least one of the four boys rescued in the first attempt at getting the 12 boys and their coach out of the underground cave complex.

The official heading the Thai cave rescue operation says the four boys brought out of the flooded cave by divers overnight are "safe and conscious" and now in a hospital.

Still, the four were undergoing medical checks in a hospital in Chiang Rai city, the provincial capital, and were not yet allowed close contact with relatives due to fear of infections.

Eight boys have been removed from the cave by a team of Thai and global divers.

There were several concerns that prompted authorities to move forward with the plan to dive the boys out.

"All conditions are still as good as they were yesterday, " Narongsak told a news conference. "Hopefully useful. If not, perhaps it will be in a future situation".

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Thai officials have been tight-lipped about the rescue operation, and would not comment on how many people were removed Monday.

The four boys, rescued on Sunday, were flown by helicopter from the Tham Luang cave to the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital, located at the heart of Chiang Rai province, about 70 km (40 miles) away.

"Our job is not completely done". We will have to do the next mission as successfully as the one we did today. "The rest of the kids are in the same spot".

The first of Monday night's rescued Wild Boar FC players, whose identities have not yet been confirmed, was seen being carried out on a stretcher shortly about 4.30pm local time (9.30pm Monday NZ time), a few hours after the mission entered its second day.

The boys and their coach went exploring in the massive Tham Luang Nang Non cave on June 23 after a soccer practice, and were cut off when a rainstorm flooded the cave.

"If we wait and the rain comes in the next few days we will be exhausted again from pumping and our readiness would drop".

Reporters at the scene said a sixth boy had been extracted, but officials have yet to confirm it. Two divers accompanied each of the boys, all of whom have been learning to dive only since July 2, when searchers found them.

Crews are rushing to rescue the boys before the cave complex is inundated again by seasonal rains.

Dr Richard Harris, an anaesthetist from Adelaide, went into the cave at the specific request of Thai authorities.

Also a doctor who works with South Australia's MedStar emergency response group, 53-year-old Harris has 30 years of cave diving experience. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the team and their coach, and all those involved with the rescue will be out safely!

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