8 boys freed from Thai cave; rescuers working to save 5 others

8 boys freed from Thai cave; rescuers working to save 5 others

Four boys were rescued on Monday evening following the four who were bought safely out of the cave on Sunday.

They were celebrating a second day of stunning triumph after divers guided four more boys through tight passages and dank flooded caverns to safety Monday.

At a news conference Monday, former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said the second rescue involved numerous same divers who brought the four boys out on Sunday.

The second day of the underground rescue attempt began at 11:00am local time (2:00pm AEST). It was unclear who was inside the ambulance or the helicopter.

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

"12 Wild Boars and coach out of the cave".

Extracting everyone from the cave could take up four days, but Sunday's success raised hopes that could be done. It is about two kilometres from the entrance.

The urgent and unsafe effort has involved the boys diving through the cave's tight and twisting passages, guided by experienced divers.

Then came the letters carried out by the teams of divers who took oxygen, food and medicine to the boys' refuge as experts pondered whether to dive them out or provision them for months while the monsoon season continues until at least late October.

The first part of the rescue involves elite divers who are holding the boys' oxygen tanks in front of them as they are escorted through narrow submerged holes.

About 0.6 miles of the journey on Sunday was believed to be underwater, requiring the boys to wear full face masks. But the rain largely held off on Monday.

The four rescued boys have been transported to a Chiang Rai hospital for treatment and medical evaluations, reported CBS.

"The children complained that they were hungry and wanted holy basil stir-fried rice". Foreign Minister Julie Bishop this morning said lessons from the initial effort would be applied as two more groups of four are brought out of the cave.

"The next step is to make sure those kids and their families are safe because living in a cave has a different environment, which might contain animals that could transmit any disease", a hospital statement said.

Rescue mission chief Narongsak Osottanakorn said it had resumed, with divers re-entering the cave at 11am local time (4pm NZT).

Authorities say it could take a total of three to four days to get the remaining boys and the coach out of the cave. The Thai authorities have been pumping out water from the cave system ever since locating the missing soccer team, but that wasn't enough to remove all the water.

It's a process that can take several hours.

The names of the rescued boys were not released. Two other boys came out at 7:40 p.m. and 7:50 p.m.

A Royal Thai Police helicopter airlifts the fifth boy from a makeshift pad in Mae Sai district to Wing 416 in Muang district in Chiang Rai on Monday. Onlookers were seen watching and cheering as they drove by.

The story of the boys and their novice monk-turned-soccer coach from this small town on the Thai-Myanmar border - remarkably found alive nine days after they went missing June 23 - launched an global rescue effort and intricate planning on how to maneuver all 13 safely through the narrow passageways and ink-black waters.

A former Thai Navy SEAL diver died in the cave last week due to lack of oxygen. However, they ended up starting the rescue effort a few hours earlier than planned.

Authorities have been tightlipped about the progress of Monday's operation.

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