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4 more boys rescued from Thai cave, bringing total to 8

4 more boys rescued from Thai cave, bringing total to 8

Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the first four boys rescued.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha paid a visit to all the rescue teams on Monday before leaving to see the evacuees at the hospital in the city centre.

On Sunday, divers held the first four boys close to bring them out, and each had to wear an oxygen mask to enable normal breathing, authorities said.

Monday's rescue effort took about nine hours, two fewer than the day before, in a sign of growing confidence and expertise.

Writing in elegant Thai script, the boys urged their parents not to worry, adding that they hoped they wouldn't get too much homework after being rescued and couldn't wait to eat their favorite foods again. Relatives were able to see them through a glass partition, Narongsak said.

It had been assumed that the four extracted yesterday were boys, but it emerged that the fourth person taken out was the coach, Mr Ekapol.

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"The good news is we had four (team members) out last night", he said, over the school's public address system.

The search and rescue operation has involved dozens of global experts and rescuers, including a US military team.

The soccer team had been trapped in the underground cave network since June 23, with flash floods causing water levels to rise, making it hard to get out.

Two divers were to accompany each of the boys, all of whom have been learning to dive only since July 2, when the first searchers found them.

These divers have been working together to help guide the boys through the long, hard passages of the cave. More than 100 rescuers, including 18 divers, were involved in Monday's rescue effort.

He was taken by helicopter and ambulance to the same hospital in Chiang Rai where the first four boys rescued Sunday by a team of global and Thai dive experts are being treated.

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Medical teams previously said concerns included hypothermia and an airborne lung infection known as "cave disease", which is caused by bat and bird droppings.

A device by Elon Musk's SpaceX and The Boring Company, created to help rescue the remaining members of a soccer team trapped in a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand, is being tested in a swimming pool in Los Angeles, California, in this still image taken from an undated video obtained from social media.

The boys, whose names have not been revealed, are being treated at Chiang Rai Prachanukraw Hospital in Muang district.

The rescue mission has been a huge operation, led by the Royal Thai Navy's SEAL unit, and supported by a cast of hundreds.

Narongsak also said Monday that the condition of the five remaining people in the cave is "still good".

That brings to three the number of ambulances that have left the site Monday during the second day of a high-risk operation to bring the boys out of a labyrinth cave system made up of tight passageways and flooded chambers. They entered the complex with their 25-year-old coach following a practice - and before a sudden heavy rainstorm hit.

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The fate of the boys and their coach has gripped Thailand and drawn worldwide media attention.


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