Six Thai schoolboys rescued from flooded cave

Relatives walk out from the cave complex after taking part in a prayer ceremony as rescue operations continue for the 12 boys and their football team coach trapped in Tham Luang cave in Thailand

Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said two divers will accompany each boy as they are led out of the cave.

"During the peak of the rainy season, we are anxious that the area where the boys are can be inundated or can be left at just 10 sq m".

In one of the team's letters, posted to the Thai navy SEALs' Facebook page, a boy expressed his gratitude.

The young soccer players and their coach have been trapped in the vast cave system since June 23, when monsoon rains flooded the cave while they were exploring inside.

An Australian doctor who is part of the worldwide team of rescuers checked the health of the boys Saturday to decide who should be brought to the surface first.

"Today is the D-Day for the rescuers", said Narongsak Osottanakorn, the outgoing governor of Chiang Rai province.

Monsoon flooding had initially cut off their escape, and rescuers were unable to find them for more than a week.

The operation to rescue the Thai football team trapped in a cave has begun this morning.

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Without going into detail about the rescue, he said that "hundreds of people have vetted" the plan to bring the boys to safety, although "there will always be margins for error". When they come out they want to eat many things. But authorities have said it remains unclear how long the boys would have to remain inside.

The local government said in a statement later on Sunday that 10 worldwide divers had progressed into the cave and some had reached the point where the team is.

The team is reportedly holed up in a chamber about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) into the cave, with experienced divers taking about 11 hours up and back during delivery missions over the past week.

But while there were hopes the Wild Boars football team and their coach could all be out over a few hours, authorities say it may take several days.

The rescue got off to a good start, with the first boy coming out at 5.40pm local time (11.40am United Kingdom time).

On the condition of the stranded boys, he said: "They have been given high-protein, high-energy food which is not meant to fill their stomachs and some of them are still weak".

Pete Wolf, national director of the Cave Divers Association of Australia, said the rescue workers faced "extreme" conditions.

The entire operation is expected to take three to four days, according to a military commander involved in the effort.

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"We don't know where to drill a hole so that we can bring them out", Narongsak said. The operation began at 10 a.m. and he said it would take at least 11 hours for the first person to be rescued.

Mental health and medical experts have warned that even if the whole team gets out safely, they are likely to battle weeks, if not months, of mental and physical traumas.

The coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, who many Thais have criticized for leading the boys into the cave, also apologized.

Thai police stand guard at the Tham Luang cave area as operations continue for the 12 boys and their coach trapped at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 8, 2018.

Cave rescue specialists have cautioned against that approach except as a last resort, because of the dangers posed by inexperienced people using diving gear.

Narongsak said the boys were still healthy and have practiced wearing diving masks and breathing in preparation for the diving possibility. He says the earliest they will come out is 9 p.m. Sunday (10 a.m. ET).

"Now and in the next three or four days, the conditions are flawless [for evacuation] in terms of the water, the weather and the boys' health", said Narongsak, governor of the Chiang Rai province, where the caves are.

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