Thai cave rescue sees four more boys freed

Thai cave rescue route

Thai cave rescue route

As the eight boys already rescued from Thailand's Tham Luang Cave convalesce in a Chiang Rai hospital, an worldwide rescue team has entered the flooded cave system for the third consecutive day to free the four children and their 25-year-old soccer coach still trapped inside.

The challenges 12 boys and their soccer coach are facing as they make their way out of a flooded cave in Thailand are more mental than physical, Canadian cave divers and rescuers said Monday.

At a news conference, Jedsada Chokdumrongsuk, permanent secretary at the Public Health Ministry, said the first four boys rescued, aged 12 to 16, are now able to eat normal food, though they can't yet take the spicy dishes favored by many Thais.

An ambulance has been seen leaving the site of the Thai cave where divers are carrying out what they hope is a final mission to bring out four boys and their soccer coach still trapped deep inside.

They will join four other boys who were rescued on Sunday.

After initially being fed further power gel energy rations, the boys had moved to eating soft, boiled rice and had even asked for and received chocolate.

VideoThe tech billionaire has developed a special submarine in case it needs to be used.

The four who were rescued previously were taken to a hospital in Chiang Rai for evaluation.

Police and military personnel use umbrellas to shield a rescued boy beng transferred on a stretcher from a helicopter to an ambulance after he emerged from the Tham Luang cave.

The plight of the boys and their coach has drawn global attention, with divers, engineers and medics among others flying in from around the world to assist.

They are still being quarantined from their parents because of the risk of infection and would likely be kept in hospital for a week to undergo tests, officials said. Musk said the submarine is expected to arrive in Thailand around 11 p.m. Monday, local time.

He was taken by helicopter and ambulance to the same hospital in Chiang Rai where the first four boys rescued Sunday by a team of global and Thai dive experts are being treated.

Earlier Monday, Narongsak said the four rescued the day before were in good spirits.

Divers from Thailand and overseas, including the United States, China, Europe, and Australia have helped retrieve the boys, who are between the ages of 11-16.

"Give us three more days and the Boars will come out to see the world, every one of them", Maj-Gen.

The boys and their coach went exploring in the massive Tham Luang Nang Non cave on June 23 after a soccer practice, and were cut off when a rainstorm flooded the cave.

Four were rescued on Monday, and the first four extracted on Sunday.

Musk said it was light enough to be carried by two divers, robust, and small enough to get through narrow gaps.

Crowds at the teeming rescue site cheer the good news, but attention soon turns to the hard task of getting the boys out safely.

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