Four Boys Freed From Cave, Rescue Efforts To Resume Later

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ABC News reports a fifth boy has been rescued.

The rescue process started at 10am and involved 13 worldwide divers and five Thai navy seals, who were described by Governor Narongsak as "an all-star team", reports the Daily Mail. However, it only took 7 hours and 40 minutes. Monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for 10 days. Teams had to bring in industrial pumps for the operation since parts of the cave were flooded by the rains.

Responding to a question on Twitter, the entrepreneur and engineering mastermind said "divers who have made the passage", believe the pod is small enough to fit through the most narrow portions of the cave.

Falling oxygen levels and the fact that many boys can not swim well present further risks as they are guided slowly through pitch-black waters. The most touching note came from one whose name was not clear: "I'm doing fine, but the air is a little cold, but don't worry".

However, the rain shortly recommenced, putting a halt to the rescue operation.

The successful rescue of four boys comes as authorities confirmed last week that a former Thai Navy SEAL had died while attempting to rescue the young football team.

Earlier Sunday morning, Trump tweeted that the US government is working with Thailand's government in the rescue operation. Rescued boys were being taken to a field hospital for medical attention upon extraction.

The entire operation to rescue all 13 could last two to four days, depending on weather and water conditions, said army Major General Chalongchai Chaiyakam. At the hospital, the team is being checked for airborne lung infections and bacterial infections that they could have developed after being in a damp cave environment for an extended period of time. Officials first thought the rescue would take months but the rainy season has changed plans.

The soccer coach trapped in a Thai cave with 12 boys for almost two weeks apologized to their parents in a handwritten note released Saturday, promising to take care of the children during the rescue mission "as best as I can".

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After the ambulance was seen leaving the complex at around 5 p.m. Monday, a helicopter took off. Authorities have said helicopters were ready to take cave evacuees to a hospital. This was earlier than what was expected if conditions were ideal.

The rescue of the first six was a stunning victory in an operation Narongsak had earlier dubbed "Mission Impossible", and led to cautious optimism that the others would also be saved. "We have been practising for the past three to four days, rain or shine".

"We heard four boys are out but we do not know who they are".

Elon Musk is testing equipment created to help rescue the remaining members of a Thai youth soccer team who are trapped in a cave, the Tesla CEO tweeted on Sunday.

8 out of the 13 boys of the Thai junior football team were rescued from the flooded Tham Luang cave in Thailand.

The president of soccer's governing body, FIFA, has invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday if they make it out in time. The second boy came out 10 minutes later.

Authorities have been rushing to extract the boys, ages 11-16, and their coach from the cave as the annual monsoon bears down on the mountainous region in far northern Chiang Rai province.

"There are two obstacles, which are water and time", Narongsak said.

In addition to having no experience diving, the boys have mostly been without food and medicine for two weeks in tight quarters where oxygen is limited.

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