Half of the twelve boys rescued from Thai cave

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So far, two boys have confirmed lung infections.

Four boys were rescued from a cave in Thailand on Sunday, the first wave of a highly anticipated mission to save the soccer team.

None of the boys have scuba diving experience and experts have warned they could easily panic while swimming underwater in darkness.

Operations to rescue a trapped Thai soccer team began on Sunday, resulting in four rescues.

The mission is seeing trained divers guide the boys and their coach to the mouth of the Tham Luang cave system through a treacherous maze of dark passageways. The group have been trapped since 23 June. Swim lessons are rare in Thailand, where the leading cause of death for children under 15 is drowning. The notes were sent out with divers who made an 11-hour, back-and-forth journey.

And there was hopeful news in Thailand today, when rescuers led four boys out of the cave where they've been trapped for more than two weeks now. Apart from the Thai authorities, 19 Australian divers are a part of the unsafe rescue mission.

According to a document released by the Thai authorities, two divers will accompany each of the teenagers - who are being brought out in groups.

Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand's elite navy SEAL unit are trying to bring the rest of the boys - some as young as 11 and weak swimmers - through narrow, submerged passageways that claimed the life of a former Thai navy diver on Friday. At the request of Thai authorities, Harris went into the cave yesterday to assess the boys and their coach before rescuers attempted the operation.

The other, and perhaps more worrying, was that oxygen levels in the complex were falling close to risky levels.

A relative of one of the 12 boys, speaking to Kyodo News, compared Sunday's rescue to a miracle, adding that she wishes to see the remaining boys and coach get out soon. 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.

But with heavy rainfall overnight and more forecast for the coming days, divers will need to work quickly to free those still trapped. Officials recognize that they have to finish the recuses quickly, before seasonal monsoon rains arrive and flood the caves even further.

Narongsak, the rescue mission chief, determined that the latter option was "impossible", as the tunnels are unlikely to dry out before December.

The rescue has captured the world's attention, and many have offered their ideas on how to get the team out. After an initial assessment at the site, the plan was to airlift the boys to a makeshift helipad close to the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital, some 70 km away.

Elon Musk posted multiple videos of a "kid-sized submarine" being tested under water. On Saturday, a doctor examined the boys and said they were in good health.

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