Eight boys rescued from Thai cave in good mental, physical state

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The first eight boys rescued from a Thai cave complex are in good health overall and some asked for chocolate bread for breakfast, officials said on Tuesday as rescuers began a third and more challenging final mission to free the remaining five.

"Two days, eight Boars", read a Facebook post by the Thai navy SEALS about the operation that began Sunday, more than two weeks after the Wild Boars soccer team became trapped.

Four of them were rescued on Sunday and four on Monday.

The former Governor of the Chiang Rai, where the operations are taking place, Narongsak Osatanakorn, said: "We expect that if there is no unusual condition. the 4 boys, 1 coach, the doctor, and 3 SEALs who have been with the boys since first day will come out today".

Four of the boys were safely rescued on Sunday after rescuers carried out a risky operation, amid fears the waters will rise again to a unsafe level.

The rescued boys will be in quarantine for at least 24 hours, Tracy reports.

Four boys and their 25-year-old football coach "will be extracted on Tuesday".

Two more members of the Thai soccer team trapped in a cave have reportedly been pulled out.

It was the second trip down the dark and narrow passageways for some of the rescue team members, according to The Guardian.

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.

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While the first group to be rescued has been reunited with their parents, officials said they had to meet from a distance ― "through glass".

The four boys guided from the cave Sunday in an urgent and unsafe operation that involved them diving through the cave's dark, tight and twisting passages were happy and in good health, authorities said.

Because of the heavy rains, which eventually eased in the afternoon, Narongsak said the decision had been taken to "not to waste time ... for the third planned mission".

The unsafe operation to rescue the 12 boys and their coach began early Sunday morning and the entire operation involves 90 expert divers from around the world.

The 12 boys and their coach entered the cave on June 23 after soccer practice and were subsequently trapped by rising floodwaters.

The second group of four rescued on Monday are aged 12 to 14.

Officials described the rescued boys as "hungry but happy".

The Thai Navy Seals, who have played a critical role in the treacherous rescue efforts, confirmed that four more boys were retrieved from the Tham Luang Nang Non cave.

In that mission, two divers accompanied each boy, guided by a rope. "We will check later today whether their eyes have adjusted to light", said Dr Jesada.

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