Eight boys now freed in daring rescues from Thai cave

Eight boys have been brought out from the cave in northern Thailand where they were trapped with four other members of the Wild Boars football team and their coach, on the second day of a daring series of rescues.

The four remaining boys and the coach, Ekaphol Chantawong, are spending a 17th night inside the cave and authorities say it is unclear whether all will be freed by the end of Tuesday.

“We are so happy that today we could rescue another four kids,” Narongsak Osatanakorn, the head of the joint command centre coordinating the operation, announced at a press briefing on Monday evening.

All four were airlifted to a hospital in the nearest city, Chiang Rai. “Now they are fine,” he said.

An elite team of 18 Thai and international divers supported by at least 80 other rescue workers entered the cave at about 11am (0500 BST) on Monday, managing to send the last of the four boys to hospital by 8pm, two hours faster than the operation on Sunday that freed the first four children.

 Read more at The Guardian

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