Four boys among a group of 13 trapped in a flooded Thai cave for more than a fortnight were rescued on Sunday after surviving a treacherous escape, raising hopes elite divers would also save the others soon.
Narongsak Osottanakorn, the governor of the country's Chiang Rai Province and the leader of the rescue mission, said the dive team is working with doctors to determine the order of exit, per Forgan.
"I am still waiting here at the cave, keeping my fingers crossed to see whether my son will be one of those to come out today", Akkarat Wongsukjan, a mother of Pheerapat - known by his nickname "Night" - told AFP.
There's been no shortage of warnings in recent days about how risky the rescue attempt is - not least the death of former Thai Navy Sgt. Saman Kunan, an ex-SEAL, who died early Friday morning due to a lack of air while attempting to return to a command center deep underground.
Two members of the trapped boys' soccer team have been rescued from a cave in northern Thailand, local officials say.
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"Today is a D-Day for our operation", Narongsak said. "The boys are ready to face any challenges", Narongsak told reporters near the cave site on Sunday morning. Aged between 11 and 16 years, the boys were members of the Wild Boar soccer team. It remains unclear how numerous boys have actually left the cave.
"I confirm that we are at war with water and time from the first day up to today", Chiang Rai Acting Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn said Saturday. His colleagues said they would "not let the sacrifice of our friend go to waste". He also taught the boys how to meditate and how to conserve as much energy as possible until they were found.
Four of the 12 schoolboys trapped inside a cave in Thailand had their first breath of fresh air in two weeks after they were rescued in a dramatic operation.
Mr Ekapol Chanthawong, his assistant, was to take the younger boys to a soccer field nestled by the Doi Nang Non mountain range, a formation with numerous waterfalls and caves that straddles the Thai-Myanmar border.
The entire mission may last three to four days, as the boys are expected to come out gradually, officials said.
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Night's relatives have said they believe the group went to the cave to celebrate his 16th birthday after a Saturday football practice and got caught as heavy rains caused the water inside the cave to suddenly rise. "Finding the boys doesn't mean we've finished our mission".
Dr Andrea Dese, head of the stress and development lab at Kings College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, said: 'In the longer term, most children will recover from the initial emotional symptoms.
"We are anxious every day", she said.
Before the current rescue mission began, Elon Musk tweeted that he was designing an "escape pod" built from "the liquid oxygen transfer tube" of a SpaceX Falcon rocket that could be used as a submarine. One of the boys, identified as Tun, wrote: "Mom and Dad, please don't worry, I am fine".
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