Thai Navy SEALs, medic give thumbs up after cave rescue

Divers rescue fifth boy from flooded Thailand cave

On Sunday, 14 days after the team first went missing, the divers took action, pulling the first group of four boys out of the cave. This now brings the total number of rescued boys to eight.

- Divers and rescue workers in Thailand have begun what could be the final push to free four boys and their soccer coach still trapped in a cave in the country's remote north, according to a Thai Navy official with knowledge of the operational details. Images of the boys in their uniforms huddled together on a dry slab of rock were shared around the world as Thai officials pondered how to safely get them out.

It's the news the entire world has been waiting more than two weeks to hear. All have now been transferred to hospital.

The search operation quickly turned into a rescue mission involving 90 divers - 50 foreign and 40 Thai - though some warned it could take months.

The Guardian reported on Tuesday afternoon local time that a ninth and 10th boy had been pulled from the cave. Rain fell periodically throughout the three days of extractions, but pumping efforts were so successful that the amount of time the boys spent underwater was minimized, officials said.

The youngsters and their coach had been stuck in the cave since 23 June, after rising water levels trapped within the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex in Chiang Rai.

This photo tweeted by Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk shows efforts underway to rescue the trapped team members.

The perilous mission to save the "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach has gripped the world for days.

The eight boys who've been rescued so far have all swum out of the cave, each escorted by two expert divers.

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Chief of the rescue mission Narongsak Osottanakorn addressed reporters at the end of the 17-day mission, arriving at a media center to a round of applause.

There was no immediate update on the health of the remaining five who emerged from the cave on Tuesday, but Thai Navy SEALS said they were "safe".

But it was also possible they were infection risks to others.

Onlookers in Chiang Rai, Thailand, watch and cheer as ambulances transport some of the rescued schoolboys from a cave where they were trapped for two weeks.

One of the Thai doctors said the boys were happy but that psychologists would be evaluating them.

"We would be honoured to welcome the team from the Wild Boars Football Club and their rescuers to Old Trafford this coming season".

"It's really a miracle", she said.

And because the cave's tunnels are dark, the divers also had to hold onto a 4.8 kilometre (3 mile)-long rope and be guided by lights back to the main entrance.

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