Boys Have Been Rescued From Thailand Cave

Love To Mum Dad...: From Boys Trapped In Thai Cave Letters Of Hope

Love To Mum Dad...: From Boys Trapped In Thai Cave Letters Of Hope

The ambulances and helicopter are on standby to take the rescue to a hospital. A diver will be assigned to each of the boys and their 25-year-old coach, Ekapol Chanthawong. The acting Chiang Rai governor had said rescuers couldn't wait for flawless weather conditions because of several factors.

The third teenager rescued from the cave was said to need immediate medical attention, and instead of being taken by ambulance he was airlifted to hospital straight from the cave mouth.

The rescue mission has concluded for the night. The search and rescue operation has involved dozens of worldwide experts and rescuers, including a US military team. "We want to evacuate all 13 people as soon as possible but I don't want to specify any day and date", said Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha (above, at right).

Elon Musk's Space X rocket company tested a "tiny kid-sized submarine" that could potentially help the children through the narrow, flooded cave passageways.

Thai Navy SEALS confirmed on Facebook that the fourth boy had made it out at about 7:55 p.m. local time.

It is estimated that the boys and their coach are 1.24 miles from the mouth of the cave and about 0.6 miles below the surface.

The Thai Navy said Saturday that three SEALs, one a doctor, were with the boys and coach. The other boys have not been identified yet. "Everyone is a professional so we're trying to put it away and avoid it happening again", he said, adding: "Everybody is focusing on getting these boys out - keeping them alive or getting them out".

Thai media reported one of the four boys was in a critical condition and a family friend told a reporter it was Mongkol, the weakest of the group, whose condition has since stabilised.

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Two divers would accompany each boy, guided by rope.

The rescue operation is a treacherous attempt. As of last night, even the parents of the boys had not been told who had been rescued, one mother told our reporter Michael Safi.

The rescue mission had called today "D-Day" because the water was at its lowest since the boys were discovered and heavy rains were forecast for later this week, giving them only four days to get all the boys out.

Meanwhile, the rescue team at the Tham Luang cave complex decided that the situation was too dire to wait any longer. "They are now at the field hospital near the cave", said Tossathep Boonthong, chief of Chiang Rai's health department reportedly told Reuters.

The boys, with the help of divers, have to navigate through flooded passages that are no more than two feet (0.6 meters) wide in some areas.

The rescued boys were fitted with full-face masks for oxygen and had to travel more than a half-mile underwater in the struggle to reach safety along the 2.4-mile escape route, the governor said.

On Friday, officials warned that oxygen levels in the cave dropped from 21% to 15%, complicating rescue efforts.

A team of 13 worldwide cave diving experts and five Thai Navy SEALs are carrying out rescue operations, according to a report of the CNN.

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