First boys emerge from cave

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

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

Confirmation of the initial rescue was posted on the Thai Navy SEAL official Facebook page late Sunday evening, several hours ahead of the initial schedule provided by authorities.

At least four members of a youth soccer team trapped in a cave for more than two weeks have emerged, but the next phase of the rescue operation won't begin for another 10-20 hours.

At 10am local time, 18 divers went into the cave to bring out the boys - including 13 global divers and five Thai Navy Seals.

Their ordeal has drawn huge media attention in Thailand and overseas, and getting the boys out safely could be a boost for Thailand's junta ahead of a general election next year.

US special operations teams and divers have been part of the Thai-led worldwide rescue effort that led to four boys being pulled to safety from a cave Sunday after being trapped for 16 days.

The ongoing rescue could take two to four days in all depending on conditions, according to the Associated Press.

The plan was attacked as too risky, but courageous rescuers forged ahead to save the first four of 12 boys trapped in a Thai cave as torrential rains hit the region.

The entire world has their eyes fixed on the tireless rescue operations that are now underway in Tham Luang cave in Thailand where a junior football team of 12 boys led by a young coach is trapped.

Military personnels, rescue workers and volunteers head out from Tham Luang Nang Non cave after ambulances transported a group of boys rescued from the cave on July 8, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

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Each of the boys will have two divers to help him swim through the muddy, often deep, water with scuba gear.

As morning breaks, the remaining eight boys and their 25-year-old soccer coach will be hoping they, too, are as successful as the first four.

As a result, the weakest boys will be brought out first, and the strongest will be rescued last.

An Australian doctor who was part of the rescue mission assessed the boys' health on Saturday night and cleared them for the rescue mission, Reuters said.

A total of 13 helicopters were on standby at the beginning of the rescue operation in case they were needed to take the boys and their coach to hospital quickly.

The rescue operation started at 10 am local time and 6 of the 13 stuck people have been rescued so far.

The announcement of US government involvement was sudden and this tweet is looked at as Trump's first public comment on the rescue mission.

The order to leave the site came as irritation over the media presence grew, and a day after the rescue mission chief said conditions were ideal for the evacuation to begin.

Divers have brought the boys "food, electrolyte drinks, drinking water, medicine and oxygen canisters", the AP reports.

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