Four More Thai Soccer Players Rescued

A total of eight of the 12 boys have now been rescued.

Posted: Jul 9, 2018 7:16 AM

MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) - The Latest on the rescue of a youth soccer team from a flooded cave in Thailand (all times local):

An aide to the Thai Navy SEAL commander says four boys were brought out of the flooded cave in northern Thailand on Monday and the ongoing rescue operation is over for the day.

The aide, Sitthichai Klangpattana, didn't comment on the boys' health or say how well the operation has gone.

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.

The boys and their 25-year-old coach have been trapped for more than two weeks after heavy rains flooded the kilometers- long cave network made up of caverns connected by tight passages.

On Sunday, teams of divers brought out four of the trapped boys but waited several hours before confirming their safe rescue.

Authorities have been tightlipped about the progress of Monday's operation.
The dangerous mission began Sunday with rain threatening to raise water levels inside the cave where the team was stranded two weeks. There was a heavy but brief downpour Monday morning. New oxygen tanks were being placed in the cave before the second stage of the rescue effort began.

Extracting everyone could take four days, but Sunday's success raised hopes that could be done.

The boys rescued Sunday were described as strong and safe but needed to undergo medical checks.

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