Sixth boy out of Thai cave, officials vow to ‘speed up’ operation

Thai military medical personnel move

Thai military medical personnel move

Volunteers outside the cave in Chiang Rai cheered as news of the first boy rescued on Monday emerged. First of all, four of the boys were successfully extracted from the cave system.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was visiting all eight in the nearby hospital that they were helicoptered to, he said.

"All conditions are still as good as they were yesterday", Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osattanakorn said, as relayed by the AP. The search and rescue operation has involved dozens of worldwide experts and rescuers, including a USA military team.

"If something changes, we'll stop", he said.

Eight members of the soccer team stranded in a flooded cave complex in Thailand have been saved, as rescue efforts continued for a second day. "Cave diving requires a lot of training, and it's still unsafe even for the best cave divers".

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

It's unclear whether Thai officials will opt to use Musk's submarine to rescue the four remaining boys and their soccer coach.

Amid scenes of jubilation near the Tham Luang Cave, head of the rescue operation Narongsak Osottanakorn told SBS News that officials were reassessing oxygen and other supplies before they evacuate the next batch of boys and their coach. Authorities say they want to get them out now, given the looming threat of more rain and floods.

He was taken by helicopter and then ambulance to the hospital in Chiang Rai were the first four boys, who were rescued on Sunday, are now being held in quarantine as they undergo tests.

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Thai military bring water pumps to the cave on July 6, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. A diver who had served in the Thai navy died last week from a lack of oxygen after delivering air tanks to aid the rescue mission.

Katana, 14, goes to school in the community of Mae Sai and knows some of the boys who have been trapped in the cave.

The search and rescue operation has riveted people both in Thailand and internationally, with journalists from across the globe travelling to this town along the border with Myanmar to report on the ordeal.

Authorities have said extracting the entire team from the cave could take up to four days, but Sunday's success raised hopes that it could be done faster.

Operations kicked off at about 5am BST (11am Thai time) when a team of 18 elite Thai and worldwide divers entered the cave.

A fifth boy was rescued on Monday afternoon, a Royal Thai Navy official said. More than 100 personnel and 18 divers worked on Monday's mission. He added, "They still need to be kept away from their parents and others due to fear about infection".

When it was realised that the boys were in the cave system, divers began the process of trying to find them in the enormous area. A family member told CNN Monday that they hadn't been told which boys had been pulled out, and who is still trapped in the cave.

Typically people would learn to scuba dive before embarking on a more technically challenging cave dive like the one involved in the rescue effort, said Chris Foisey, a St. Catharines, Ont. -based scuba instructor with experience diving through underwater tunnels.

Four boys were successfully rescued on Sunday during a gruelling eight-hour rescue operation. It is rainy season in Thailand at the moment, with torrential downpours that appear out of nowhere dominating the weather patterns. A major concern of the rescuers is that oxygen levels in their safe space could fall dangerously low.

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