Thai cave rescue: Operations resume, eight boys remain trapped

Rescue commander Narongsak Osotanakorn has been shifted from his post as Chiang Rai governor after conflict with the

And while the health experts are being cautious, all accounts suggest the boys are in good health - and even better spirits.

On Sunday, divers held the first four boys close to bring them out, and each had to wear an oxygen mask to enable normal breathing, authorities said.

The 12 boys and their coach went missing in the cave that was flooded since June 23.

Officials told Reuters that Monday's rescue operation would take between 10 and 20 hours. Nine people remained trapped in the cave, including the team's coach, as of Monday morning. The Associated Press reports an ambulance was seen leaving the area on Monday.

Somboon Sompiangjai, 38, the father of one of the trapped boys, said parents had been told by rescuers that the "strongest children" would be brought out first.

The four who were rescued previously were taken to a hospital in Chiang Rai for evaluation. Medics appeared to remove one person on a stretcher but hid the person's identity behind multiple white umbrellas.

The operation is set to resume on Tuesday to evacuate the remaining five. "Hooyah", the Thai Navy SEALS wrote on their Facebook page Monday, referring to the boys' soccer team, the Wild Boars. "Not wise questions to ask", Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha told reporters in Bangkok on Monday morning when asked about the conditions of the four.

Ambulances were on standby to receive the next batch of boys who are expected to be plucked from the cave.

On Monday afternoon, Osatanakorn said the same group of divers involved in Sunday's rescue operation had entered the cave at 11 a.m. local time to rescue the group still stuck inside.

"In the next few hours we will have good news", he said.

The fate of the boys and their coach has gripped Thailand and drawn worldwide media attention. The operation to get them out was supposed to resume only after new oxygen tanks could be placed along their route of escape, which is partially underwater.

Washington D.C. [USA], July 11 (ANI): Hollywood has arrived at the foothills of the mountain cave in Thailand as it plans to create a movie on "Thai Cave Rescue".

The 16-day-long ordeal of four boys, who were part of a 13-member group, trapped in a flooded cave system in Thailand ended Sunday as they were brought out safely by rescuers.

The mission was paused overnight on Sunday for air tanks to be replaced.

So far, divers have rescued four additional boys, which leaves four more and their soccer coach to go.

Divers took about four hours to escort Monday's fortunate four from the ledge to the chamber, the source added.

However, Saturday night, Musk tweeted that the cave was now closed for the rescue by divers, adding, "Will continue testing in LA in case needed later or somewhere else in the future". The outlet reported that eight boys remain inside the cave.

News of the release of the first four children on Sunday was greeted with elation in Thailand but rescuers say there are still significant risks with a majority of the boys still to undertake the risky 3.2km (2 mile) journey through the jagged, narrow and muddy cave.

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