4 of 12 Boys Trapped in Thailand Cave Have Been Rescued

Former navy SEAL died from lack of oxygen while trying to rescue Thai soccer team in cave authorities say

Trapped for two weeks: A massive rescue operation was launched after the boys, ages 11-16, and their coach went missing on June 23.

"Today is D-Day", Gov. Narongsak Osattanakorn of the Chiang Rai region in Thailand said Sunday. Water levels at many spots in the cave are now low, providing the best chance for the rescue to be carried out, he added.

Duncan Forgan of NBC News reported the rescue operation to free the eight remaining players and their coach is ongoing, while those evacuated from the cave were transported to medical facilities. This caused the rescue mission to be expedited.

An Australian doctor with cave diving experience examined the boys on Sunday and declared them fit for the operation, authorities said. The search and rescue operation has involved dozens of worldwide experts and rescuers, including a US military team.

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk tweeted that a team from his rocket company SpaceX in Los Angeles is building a mini-sub to help with the rescue. A former Thai navy SEAL passed out and died making the dive Friday.

British Cave Rescue Council Chairman Peter Dennis told Sunrise this morning that the decision to delay the next dive was due to the strenuous work the divers are undergoing. The other boys have not been identified yet.

A source at the Chiang Rai hospital said that five emergency response doctors were awaiting the boys and a further 30 doctors were on stand by.

Each boy was accompanied by two divers - one in front and one behind.

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The rescue mission could take two to four days depending on the conditions in the cave.

As of last night, even the parents of the boys had not been told who had been rescued, one mother told our reporter Michael Safi.

An Australian doctor who is part of the worldwide team of rescuers checked the health of the boys Saturday to decide who should be brought to the surface first.

Of the 13-strong foreign dive team - mainly from Europe - three escorted the children, while the remainder were positioned along the unsafe first kilometre stretch, where the boys had to navigate through submerged passageways in some places no more than two feet (0.6 metre) wide.

The first four boys who have been stuck in a cave in Thailand for two weeks were heroically rescued on Sunday. Levels have fallen from 15 percent to 20 due to the presence of rescue workers in the cave, reports said.

The Facebook page for the Thai Navy SEALs has been posting updates on the effort.

Those still inside the cave are perched on a small muddy ledge four kilometers (2.5 miles) inside the cave complex, surrounded by flood water and with a limited supply of oxygen.

Numerous boys trapped in the cave with their soccer coach can not even swim, and some are weak and exhausted from malnourishment.

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