First boys emerge from cave

Rescue operation begins for 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave in Thailand

Divers who entered the Tham Luang cave complex Sunday morning emerged nine hours later at about 5:40 p.m. local time with two boys, described as among the weakest of the group of 12 boys aged 11 to 16 and their soccer coach who went on an adventure outing after practice last month.

The rescue team leader said that, in some of the larger caverns, extensive pumping had reduced water levels so that they were now walkable, even with the onset of fresh monsoon rain on Sunday.

Four of the boys were rescued Sunday, and authorities are now working to replenish air tanks along the cave's treacherous exit route.

Narongsak explained the group chose to move forward with the mission because heavy rains are expected in the area in the coming days, which could have further complicated the rescue.

Authorities in northern Chiang Rai province began the risky mission to bring out the 12 boys and their coach earlier on Sunday.

In the early hours of Monday morning the quartet were successfully extracted from the cave. The water level would be zero during December or January, so this situation is absolutely impossible.

With authorities releasing few details of the rescue bid, parents continued their agonizing wait to be reunited with their sons.

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"I watch the news on my phone, my mom is watching on TV", said Chokumpompan, who graduated from the same school that six of the boys now attend, Mae Si Prasitsart School.

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"We are giving them a physical examination". Many parents are still here waiting.

Bursts of heavy rain soaked the Tham Luang Cave area in Thailand's northern Chiang Rai province overnight, increasing the risks in what has been called a "war with water and time" to save the boys.

Musk says the sub would be light enough to be carried by two divers and small enough to get through narrow cave gaps.

Thai rescue team members walk inside a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand.

At 10am local time, 18 divers went into the cave to bring out the boys - including 13 global divers and five Thai Navy Seals.

Ambulances arrived early Monday at the cave entrance.

A helicopter flew the four boys to the nearby city of Chiang Rai, where they were taken by ambulance to hospital. Once the team are ready, they will do so immediately.

Having completed this section, the boys are then handed over to separate, specialist rescue teams, who help assist them through the remainder of the caves, much of which they can wade through. I'm happy being here inside, the navy SEALS have taken good care.

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