Four more boys brought out of flooded Thailand cave on Monday

A map locating the Tham Luang cave complex

In a briefing just before noon, local time, mission chief Narongsak Osotanakorn - who has become the worldwide face of the rescue effort - said 19 divers (up from 18 on Sunday and Monday) would participate in the final push to bring the unprecedented operation to its conclusion.

A doctor and three SEALS who had stayed with the footballers would also come out today, he added.

Boys from the soccer team trapped inside Tham Luang cave covered in hypothermia blankets July 3 video by Thai Navy Seal.

"Hooyah", the Thai Navy SEALs, who have played a crucial role in the against-the-odds operation, said in a Facebook post as they announced that a total of 8 members of the "Wild Boars" football team had been rescued on Sunday and Monday.

Musk said in a tweet that he expected the mini sub would arrive in Thailand by sometime Monday evening, local time.

The remaining four boys and their coach will be brought out by the end of Tuesday, according to Mr Osottanakorn. After they were found on July 2, officials cautioned it could take some time to get them out, but authorities chose to act with heavy rains forecast to hit the region. It will be longer than previous ones.

"I want to take my friends to lunch and we will play football together", he told Reuters. Psychologists have deemed them in good mental state.

Jedsada Chokdumrongsuk, permanent secretary at the Public Health Ministry, said the first four boys rescued, aged 12 to 16, are now able to eat normal food.

The four boys rescued Sunday are recovering in a nearby hospital and are yet to see their parents.

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The first four boys have been allowed to see their families through a glass window as doctors continue to conduct thorough health checks and monitor the boys for any contagious diseases. They did get a treat, however: bread with chocolate spread that they'd requested.

The second group of 4 that were pulled out afterwards are aged between 12 and 14. One had a very slow heartbeat but had responded well to treatment, Chokedamrongsook said. This seems less likely now given the need for the boys to undergo further tests.

If the boys do show signs of PTSD, Adesman said the best treatment available would be form of psychotherapy called trauma focused behavioral therapy.

Torrential rain had not affected conditions for the rescue operation. "We will complete the mission for you".

Speaking to reporters after the news conference, Narongsak said that while Musk's technology was "good and sophisticated", it was "not practical for the mission". He told CNN rescuers face a number of challenges. Other divers were on guard along the unsafe first kilometer of the passageway. "They are getting forced to do something that no kid has ever done before". Will they be sick? "We can see that everything is ok as they're eating well", he said. They are all members of a youth soccer team called the Wild Boars.

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.

Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said he was thankful for Musk's support but the equipment was impractical for the rescue mission. On Sunday, four boys were safely evacuated from the cave. Each boy was accompanied underwater by two divers helping them navigate the dark, murky water in the flooded tunnels. All preparations, including replacing the compressed air cylinders positioned along the route out in the cave, take at least 20 hours, he said.

The most risky part of the journey out of the labyrinthine cave system is the first kilometer, during which they are required to squeeze through a narrow flooded channel.

As dusk falls four more boys are rescued.

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