Rescue mission day two : four more boys evacuated

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They got trapped in the cave after a sudden spell of heavy rains blocked the entrance of the cave.

Emergency crews in Thailand brought a second group of four boys to safety on Monday, more than two weeks after 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped in a flooded cave network.

Rescue efforts to free a group of trapped schoolboys from a cave in Thailand have now been underway for two days, and an eighth boy has now been freed from the unsafe complex.

Narongsak described Sunday's initial rescue bid as "D-Day" when it was launched, and there were fears that any one of many potential pitfalls could prove deadly.

Divers have restarted the rescue effort to bring the final eight boys and their soccer coach from a cave in Thailand one day after the first four were safely evacuated.

Authorities have said the mission could take three or four days to complete.

The mission to save all the trapped is a race against the clock with heavy rain expected this week which would again flood the tunnels with fast-flowing, rising water. Officials feared that an incoming storm could send water flooding back into the cave and make an escape even more hard for the boys, ages 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach.

"I feel very happy, everybody is happy", said Hnin Jaiwong, the mother of one of the trapped boys, 13-year-old Sompong Jaiwong. The hordes of global and local media have been kept back from the cave and the hospital in Chiang Rai, where the rescued boys are believed to be under observation.

Four more members of a youth soccer team were pulled from a flooded cave in a second round of rescue operations in Thailand on Monday.

The first part of the rescue involves elite divers who are holding the boys' oxygen tanks in front of them as they are escorted through narrow submerged holes.

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Four boys were successfully rescued from the Tham Laung cave area on Sunday in a delicate and lengthy operation.

That led an upbeat Narongsak to promise more "good news" on Monday afternoon that materialised a few hours later with the emergence of the other four. Whether they will succeed in getting all of them out will depend on Monday night's planning and preparation, Narongsak said.

The death Friday of a former Thai navy SEAL, Saman Gunan, underscored the risks.

"Anyone that has had contact with the boys, including their close family, will be closely monitored to make sure they are disease free".

Rains have been flooding the cave, making rescue challenging.

"The weather conditions and other environments today are as good as yesterday".

Relatives said the boys had been inside the labyrinthine complex during the dry season.

The four boys, rescued on Sunday, were flown by helicopter from the Tham Luang cave to the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital, located at the heart of Chiang Rai province, about 70 km (40 miles) away. While the efforts to rescue the group increased over the weekend, Musk also started working on an alternative way to help rescuers get the kids out.

So far those who have been released have been rushed off to hospital, and the most recent boys to make it out have been stretchered off.

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