Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

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All 12 boys of a youth football team and their coach have been pulled from a flooded cave in Thailand, the country's Navy Seals said.

Following a similar pattern as the previous two days, the divers ventured back into the cave at 10:00am (0700 GMT) on Tuesday, Narongsak told reporters.

Each of the rescued boys has been guided through the dark winding cave by two pairs of divers. Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha was scheduled to make a second visit to the scene late on Monday and the president of soccer's governing body, FIFA, Gianni Infantino, today invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday if they make it out of the cave in time.

The "Wild Boars" team became trapped on June 23 when they set out to explore the cave after soccer practice and rains flooded the tunnels.

A tenth boy has emerged from deep within a cave complex in northern Thailand, the second to be rescued on the third day of a huge worldwide operation to save the boys and their coach.

Thai army soldiers return from Tham Luang cave on day three of the rescue operation.

Four boys were rescued on Sunday and four were rescued on Monday.

"The water level is still at a satisfactory level and we have enough teams to complete the mission", Narongsak said on Monday.

Earlier on Tuesday, rescue leader governor Narongsak Osatanakorn said divers are carrying out what they hope is a final mission to save four boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave for more than two weeks, as health experts gave the eight already brought out a chocolate treat and described them as being in good spirits.

The first boy to exit the cave on Tuesday came out on 16:06 local time (09:06 GMT), Thai Navy SEALs said, six hours after rescue operation officials said 19 divers had entered the cave complex.

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Four more of the boys were carried on stretchers out of the cave on Monday, bringing to eight the total number brought out so far after two rescues in successive days.

He added that all four boys from the first rescued group could now eat normal foods, though nothing spicy.

Staff previously said their first assessments would focus on the boys' breathing and signs of hypothermia, as well as a potentially fatal lung infection known as cave disease.

Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, a physician from the Thai ministry of public health, told a separate press conference at the Chiang Rai hospital that the eight patients were cheerful.

The rescue missions take almost half a day to complete.

"They are diving in something considered (an) extremely hazardous environment in zero visibility, the only light that is in there is the torch light we bring our self".

Scattered monsoon rains continued to risk percolating through the limestone cave walls to flood the tunnels with fast-flowing water.

The identity of the rescued boys has not been confirmed by authorities.

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