Up to four boys brought out from Thai cave

May JohnsonJul 09, 2018

At least two of a group of boys trapped inside a cave in northern Thailand for two weeks have been been successfully brought out, reports say.

His visit with relatives and rescue officials last week was criticised by some Thais as opportunistic as his government faced pro-democracy protests in the capital Bangkok in recent months.

A short time later, the Thai Navy SEAL official Facebook page announced four people were out of the cave.

"His buddy tried to give him first aid, but he did not respond".

She said rescuers have not been giving away how optimistic or pessimistic they are. but "it was clear they were tense".

Sky News correspondent Alex Rossi, who has been in Chiang Rai province this week, said: "The mood has lifted somewhat but there's still a long way to go".

"We will not let the sacrifice of our friend go to waste", he said.

It is not yet known whether the boys swum out, or if they were sedated and delivered by the rescuers.

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He also visited his great-grandmother Princess Alice's tomb in the Russian Orthodox Church. It is the first official visit to the area by a member of the royal family.

When the boys are freed, they will immediately be taken to Chiangrai Prachanukroh hospital, around 60 miles from the cave site.

Rescuing them all could take three to four days and depended on the weather, an army commander involved in the mission said. The boys and coach of the "Wild Boar" football team prepare to be rescued from the cramped chamber several kilometers inside the Tham Luang cave complex, after being trapped inside for fifteen days.

"Today was the best day, the best situation in terms of the weather, the health of the boys, our water management for our rescue effort", the head of the rescue operation, Narongsak Osottanakorn, told a news conference. Even as the world prays, Thai authorities are taking measures to keep them alive.

The extraction of the boys occurred more than two hours earlier than the most optimistic deadline set by rescue authorities earlier on Sunday morning.

"The water level may rise to the area where the children are sitting and make the area less than 10sq meters", Narongsak said, citing estimates from cave divers and experts.

The junior team comprised of 12 boys aged between 11 and 16 years while their coach, who was leading the expedition, is just 25-year-old.

Rescuers have suggested that it may take up to two days for the rescue to be completed, with each boy being brought out individually.

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