Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Four Thai boys rescued from cave in good condition, says Interior Minister

Four Thai boys rescued from cave in good condition, says Interior Minister

Two of them, John Volanthen and Rick Stanton, were the ones who found the boys on Monday three miles inside the Tham Luang cave complex.

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Narongsak Osottanakorn, acting governor of Chiang Rai province, said in a press conference that two divers would accompany each boy as they're gradually extracted. Somboon Sompiangjai, 38, the father of one of the trapped boys, said parents were told by rescuers ahead of Sunday's operation the "strongest children" would be brought out first.

"I confirmed the factors [affecting the mission] are as good as yesterday". "But I expect the operation to finish within the next couple of days".

In comments released by the government, Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda said the same divers who took part in Sunday's rescue will also conduct the next operation as they know the cave conditions and what to do.

It's unclear how long the complex and risky rescue effort will take, but it could be days.

The boys, he added, had asked to eat padkrapao, a chicken dish with sweet basil. Officials said Monday that despite rain Monday morning, the weather was holding out so far. "Water is draining ok [from the cave]" and that operations to divert streams and pump ourt water from the cave were still under way. British divers were first to locate the boys on Monday, July 2.

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Reports say rescuers will now have to wait up to ten hours to restock enough oxygen in order to perform a second rescue and the entire operation could take two to four days to free all 13 trapped in the cave.

The SEALs, which have stationed divers and medics with the boys for the last week, posted a message on their Facebook page on Sunday promising to bring the group back safely.

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Rain was a concern as preparations were made for Sunday's rescue.

It was reported that heavy rain was falling at the media centre, around a mile from the cave entrance, which could scupper plans to get the boys out today.

Eight boys and the coach remained inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave as authorities paused the global effort to replenish air tanks along the treacherous exit route.

Media members walking to the area opposite the hospital said that reporters, hospital staff members or nearby residents were not allowed to take photos by camera or phones in the area or officials guarding the front area would confiscate their devices. He frantically dialed Ekapol and a number of the boys in quick succession but reached only Songpol Kanthawong, a 13-year old member of the team whose mother picked him up after training.

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