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Rescue operation begins for 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave in Thailand

USA special operations teams and divers have been part of the Thai-led global rescue effort that led to four boys being pulled to safety from a cave Sunday after being trapped for 16 days. "They are now at the field hospital near the cave", Tossathep Boonthong, chief of the health department in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, told Reuters.

Chiang Rai's Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn announced that no further action would be taken until the Thailand rescue team ensured everyone that all conditions were stable for a second wave of evacuations.

"I am still waiting here at the cave, keeping my fingers crossed to see whether my son will be one of those to come out today", Akkarat Wongsukjan, a mother of Pheerapat - known by his nickname "Night" - told AFP.

The operation was launched at 10 am local time (0400 CET) on Sunday and involves 13 foreign divers and 5 Thai navy SEALs.

The team of divers is expected to resume the mission Monday to rescue the remaining eight boys and their soccer coach.

As of Sunday, four boys were confirmed rescued from the cave, before the mission was paused, according to the BBC. Aged between 11 and 16 years, the boys were members of the Wild Boar soccer team.

It was initially thought the first four boys to make the journey would be those in the most resilient physical shape.

"Today is D-Day", Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters earlier in the day.

"They are now at the field hospital near the cave", Tossathep Boonthong, chief of the health department in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, told Reuters earlier.

Officials said the rescue could take three to four days to complete depending on the rainfall.

The story of the "Wild Boars" soccer team, who first ventured into the caves more than two weeks ago before flood waters trapped them inside, has gripped Thai and worldwide media. "We have tried all possible ways to get the boys out, but sometimes we can't win over nature".

"I confirm that the kids know about the mission and they are willing and ready to come out". Authorities had said that incoming monsoon rains that could send water levels in the cave rising, coupled with falling oxygen levels in the enclosed space, added to the urgency of getting those trapped out.

More than 100 exploratory holes were also bored into the mountainside in an attempt to open a second evacuation route and avoid forcing the boys into the risky dive.

Rescuers have been working to lower the water level in the cave to prepare for an hours-long mission to retrieve the boys, ages 11 to 16, most of whom can't swim.

A team from a company owned by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk with drilling and exploration expertise was expected to reach the cave site yesterday, Thailand's defence ministry said. It was not immediately known if a USA diver was among them. I miss you dearly.

Thai navy SEALs say four soccer team members have been taken out of the cave. "You don't need to be anxious about me".

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