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Thai cave rescue: Eight of 12 soccer players rescued from cave
July 21 2018, 08:00 | Irvin Gilbert
4 freed from Thailand cave, but rescuers face 'war with water and time' to get to others
They were found more than a week later by a pair of British volunteer divers who were part of a rescue mission that has drawn divers and experts from around the world - including USA military personnel from Japan, bird's nest collectors who hunted for shafts in the rock face and members of Elon Musk'sSpaceX venture.
As of Monday morning, nine people remained trapped in the cave, including the team's coach.
"The operation went much better than expected", mission head Narongsak Osottanakorn said on Sunday.
He said the plan is to launch the third rescue mission within 20 hours, and he is hoping for "100 per cent success".
Rescuers have been navigating a risky and complicated plan to get the children out under the threat of heavy rain and rising water underground.
It's unlikely the nine in the cave are aware their teammates were rescued successfully, due to a lack of communication tools between them and the entrance, according to Ten News reporter Daniel Sutton.
They, were flown by helicopter from the Tham Luang cave to the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital, located at the heart of Chiang Rai province, about 70 km (40 miles) away.
Even their mothers and fathers have been unable to visit them.
That left four boys and the team's coach trapped inside as the operation was called off for the day.
Pad kra pao, a Thai chicken dish, was said to be the first meal that the four boys asked for.
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A fifth boy was rescued on Monday afternoon, a Royal Thai Navy official said.
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.
Four boys were extracted Monday, the Royal Thai Navy confirmed.
Narongsak said after the first four boys were rescued that they would be quarantined "for a while because we are concerned about infections".
"We have not been told which child has been brought out ..."
The SEALs, which have stationed divers and medics with the boys for the last week, posted a message on their Facebook page on Sunday promising to bring the group back safely. A retired Thai Navy SEAL assisting with the operation died Friday after running out of oxygen, underlining the danger of the rescue.
"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.
Rain was a concern as preparations were made for Sunday's rescue.
A relative of one member of the soccer team said that the boys' families had agreed to remain at the cave until all of the boys and the coach are brought out. Kanet said the boys will be treated as disaster victims and given psychological evaluations and other assistance after their ordeal.