First Thailand boys rescued two weeks after being trapped in cave

Rescue Operation To Save The Thai Football Team Is Underway

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop this morning said lessons from the initial effort would be applied as two more groups of four are brought out of the cave.

The rescued boys are now being kept in sterilized isolation units at a nearby hospital, which prohibits physical contact, and their parents have not been told that they're safe.

Four members of the Wild Boar soccer team were rescued on Sunday, and are recovering from their ordeal in hospital.

A massive worldwide search operation was launched and it took 10 days to locate the boys, who had taken shelter on a dry slope deep in the complex.

The toughest part of the route is a section at nearly halfway called "T-Junction", which due to its narrowness causes divers to remove their air tanks to fit through.

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Eight people remain trapped in the cave.

A total of eight of the 12 boys have now been brought out of the treacherous cave system by divers, including four who were brought out on Sunday, when the rescue operation began.

Somboon Sompiangjai, 38, the father of one of the trapped boys, said parents were told by rescuers ahead of Sunday's operation the "strongest children" would be brought out first. Cave exploring is something they usually do after practices, but this excursion proved costly after they were trapped by the heavy rains.

"The operation went much better than expected,"Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said at a news conference after the first four boys were rescued, adding that the healthiest were taken out first".

"We can only carry on the operation once we are ready and this will be done soon, because the air tank and other systems have to be reinstalled", he told reporters later.

The Guardian reports that four boys have been rescued from the Thailand cave.

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A helicopter flew the four boys to the nearby city of Chiang Rai, where they were taken by ambulance to hospital. They were stranded by flash floods that caused water levels to rise, making it hard to get out.

Still, the original four were undergoing medical checks in a hospital in the provincial capital and were not yet allowed close contact with relatives due to fear of infections.

The extreme danger of the rescue effort was underscored last week when a former Thai Navy SEAL, Samarn Poonan, died after he fell unconscious while placing oxygen tanks deep inside the cave.

Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the rescued boys. They were accompanied by two professional divers each throughout. Earlier in the day, he went to Phuket to check on the search operation of tourists who were missing after a boat capsized off the resort island's coast on Thursday.

America and Britain joined the local rescue team, and sent in more than 30 American military personnel alongside pararescue and survival specialists.

The football team have been in the cave since 23 June, when rising water levels trapped them inside.

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