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Treacherous Thai cave rescue bid enters day two

11 July 2018

The boy was seen on a stretcher just before 4:30 p.m. local time (5.30 a.m. ET) after the dramatic rescue from the Tham Luang cave complex, according to CNN.

Officials lavished praise on the Thai and global divers who, in pairs of two, executed the risky rescue mission, guiding the boys, who could barely swim and had no diving experience, through a treacherous 2½-mile-long escape route that twisted and turned through the cavern.

"If Phra Pirun helps us, we might be able to do it very quickly", Narongsak said, again invoking the god of rain, who is widely revered in Thailand.

Reuters could not confirm the identity of the two people brought out in the evening and the chief of the rescue mission, Narongsak Osottanakorn, asked about the two, declined to comment, saying a news conference would be held soon.

Thai authorities have said they are welcoming all offers of help in the rescue effort for the boys, who became trapped in a complex cave system in mountainous northern Thailand on Jun 23 when rising waters hemmed them in.

Rescue efforts to free a group of trapped schoolboys from a cave in Thailand have now been underway for two days, and an eighth boy has now been freed from the unsafe complex.

Fox News broke in to report Monday morning that the fifth boy has been rescued from the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in northern Thailand, where a group has been trapped for more than two weeks.

Officials said Sunday that it may "take days" to bring all 12 boys and their coach to the surface.

After the four boys were removed from the cave, heavy rain started falling. They were in good condition in hospital, officials said.

The first four boys, from the group of 13, including the coach, were rescued on Sunday.

That brings to three the number of ambulances that have left the site Monday during the second day of a high-risk operation to bring the boys out of a labyrinth cave system made up of tight passageways and flooded chambers.

Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda also said the boys were in good health.

There was no word on the condition of any of the people brought out on Monday.

All but the last of the boys rescued today have reached the top provincial hospital 60 kilometers away.

The rescued boys had to travel about 2 1/2 miles with oxygen tanks, making their way back to the cave's entrance using a 3-mile rope.

Writing in elegant Thai script, the boys urged their parents not to worry, adding that they hoped they wouldn't get too much homework after being rescued and couldn't wait to eat their favourite foods again.

They are then taken to hospital in Chiang Rai.

The trapped boys have been divided into groups.

Olivero told Paddy Daly on the VOCM Morning Show that because they're children, they may be more resilient to the challenges ahead.

As for the boys who have been rescued, they are in isolation and being monitored at a hospital for infection. The mood was fairly relaxed among the soldiers, medics, engineers and volunteers in yellow shirts that milled around.

One particularly touching note from another boy said: "I'm doing fine, but the air is a little cold, but don't worry".

"I don't know if he is out, they didn't tell us", she said as she rested in a hut close to the mouth of the cave. One was that it was unknown how safe and dry the area where they had taken shelter would stay as Thailand's rainy season, which lasts until at least late October, picks up pace.

Treacherous Thai cave rescue bid enters day two