Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

8 boys rescued from Thai cave in good conditions: Thailand's Health officials

8 boys rescued from Thai cave in good conditions: Thailand's Health officials

Four more boys have been brought out of a flooded cave in northern Thailand as the ongoing rescue operation concludes for the second day, Thai officials said.

The four boys rescued Sunday were receiving medical treatment at a hospital in Chiang Rai, around 35 miles away. Some of the parents told Reuters they had not been told who had been rescued and that they were not allowed to visit the hospital.

Eight boys had been taken out in the past two days - four on Sunday and another four on Monday.

Heavy rain has been intermittent in the region over the last three days but further downpours could disrupt the removal of the remaining boys and their coach.

Boys from the soccer team trapped inside Tham Luang cave covered in hypothermia blankets react to the camera in Chiang Rai, Thailand, in this still image taken from a July 3, 2018 video by Thai Navy Seal.

The boys were 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 earlier on Tuesday.

Jesada Chokdumrongsuk said that the boys are "healthy and smiling", he added: "the kids are footballers so they have high immune systems".

Thai Navy SEALS divers have already rescued eight of the boys. Rescue officials were hopeful that the final four boys and their coach would be rescued Tuesday.

An worldwide team of rescuers has been in Thailand since the discovery of the stranded football team and their coach, assisting the Thai Navy SEALs in their rescue efforts.

(Original story: July 9 @ 6:40 a.m.) - The mood is certainly changing around the flooded cave in northern Thailand where 12 members of a youth football team, and their coach, were trapped for more than two weeks.

Chanthawong has reportedly taught meditation to the boys to keep them calm in the cave, and is suffering from malnutrition because he gave his food rations to the young players.

"This morning they said they were hungry and wanted to eat khao pad grapao", Mr Narongsak said, referring to a Thai dish of meat fried with chili and basil and served over rice.

Asked whether the remaining four "Wild Boars" team and their coach would come out at the same time in the next rescue effort, he said: "It depends on the plan".

The Space-X and Tesla founder arrived in Thailand with a miniature "kid sized" submarine Monday. "We can see that everything is okay as they're eating well", said Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong, Inspector General of the Public Health Ministry. "Mini-sub is ready if needed".

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