4 rescued from Thai cave in risky operation; 9 left

Rescue operation begins for 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave in Thailand

"Divers will work with doctors in the cave to examine each the kids' health to determine who should get to come out first", Narongsak said Sunday morning. However, there has been no official word on this so far.

Meanwhile, as CNN reported on Sunday, the rescue effort in Thailand has assembled divers and Navy Seal personnel from various countries including the United States and Thailand itself, which saw one elite diver die on Friday during the operation to save the boys.

As the rescue mission was temporarily suspended while teams restocked on supplies, crews made preparations to free the remaining eight boys and their 25-year-old coach.

Army General Chalonhchai Chaiyakam said the efforts to rescue all 12 boys and their coach could last two to four days, depending on water levels and weather conditions.

The rescue started at 10 am Thai time and involved 13 global divers and five Thai navy seals, who were described by Governor Narongsak as "an all-star team", reports the Daily Mail.

One cave explorer who has been inside the Tham Luang cave complex described it a "labyrinth", adding it was much more hard to navigate than any other he had experienced.

Trapped for two weeks: A massive rescue operation was launched after the boys, ages 11-16, and their coach went missing on June 23.

Mr Osatanakorn said a one-mile passage from the cave entrance to the third chamber, a staging ground for the mission, was "mostly walkable", adding: 'Although there are some slightly hard parts [where] we have to bend or crawl, we can say that we can just walk through it.

The young soccer team and their coach have been trapped in the vast cave system since June 23, when monsoon rains flooded the cave while they were exploring inside.

Narongsak said two divers would escort each of the boys out of the cave.

The flooded tunnel is 1 mile (1.7 km) underwater and the smallest section, Pattaya Beach, is only 15 metres.

Drilling has been ruled out as a possibility in the rescue attempt, one official said. A large warning sign at the cave's entrance raises the risk of entering so close to the monsoon season, they say, and he should have known better.

As of Sunday, four boys were confirmed rescued from the cave, before the mission was paused, according to the BBC.

"I confirm that we are at war with water and time from the first day up to today", Narongsak added Saturday.

Four of the 12 boys trapped in a cave in northern Thailand have been safely rescued and taken to hospital, according to several news outlets.

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On Saturday morning, the Thai navy posted photos of letters that the group had written to their families and the outside world.

"Very courageous and talented people!" he tweeted.

"We have two obstacles: water and time". Saman Gunan, a former Navy SEAL, ran out of air and drowned on his swim back out of the cave. "I had been anxious about my son, that he would be exhausted, he would be tired", he said.

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