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Rescue begins to pull remaining boys, coach from Thai cave

Rescue begins to pull remaining boys, coach from Thai cave

Rescue begins to pull remaining boys, coach from Thai cave

An operation to rescue a group of Thai boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave resumed on Monday, said several officials with knowledge of the operation at the Tham Luang cave in the northern Thai province of Chiang Rai.

Doctors are monitoring them for any illnesses they may have picked up in the cave, and supervising efforts to build up their strength after they spent more than two weeks with little food and no natural light.

Earlier Monday, Narongsak said the four rescued the day before were in good spirits. Spare air canisters had also been placed along the route.

"The mission has resumed", a government official closely involved in the mission told Reuters, declining to be identified.

The team became trapped on June 23 when they set out to explore the cave after soccer practice and rains flooded the tunnels, trapping them inside.

The eighth boy has now emerged from the cave where a soccer team and their coach have been trapped in Thailand.

A total of eight boys have now been brought out of the cave complex. It could take two to four days complete the mission, officials said.

The operation began at around 11 a.m. local time on Monday and is expected to finish for the day around 9 p.m, reported the BBC.

The worldwide effort to save the group has paired divers in "buddy teams" with the remaining eight boys and their coach.

The four boys who were rescued Sunday had to travel about 2 1/2 miles with oxygen tanks.

There was no word on the condition of any of the people brought out on Monday.

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Thai authorities revealed that the first phase was executed "smoothly" and the boys who had been evacuated were in "good health".

The freed boys are yet to meet their parents, who late Sunday night were yet to be told which of their sons had been removed, according to the UK's Guardian.

Officials have said storms forecast for Chiang Rai province in Thailand's far north had factored into their decision to go ahead with a complicated and risky plan for the boys aged between 11 and 16 and their coach to dive out of the cave.

Another video from Thai PBS showed an ambulance arriving at the hospital in Chiang Rai.

The soccer team seen in the cave last week, before anyone was rescued.

Karadzic said the British divers are the most skilled in the group - "when it comes to cave diving, the U.K.is the best", he said - and acted as beginning-to-end "buddy" escorts for those rescued Sunday.

A hospital spokesperson told media the priority was to make sure the children were safe.

"We surveyed the cave to find good spots that we could say OK, from this route to this route, if anything unexpected or there's a panic, we go here, and in this other part, if any panic happens, this is where we're gonna go", he said.

At least nine ambulances loaded with stretchers and blue oxygen tanks waited by the mouth of the cave on Monday. Soldiers, medics, engineers and volunteers in yellow shirts milled around but the mood was relaxed.

Relatives said the boys had been inside the labyrinthine complex during the dry season.

"Imagine marathon runners. It's like when they reach the finish line exhausted", said the source.

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