8 boys have been saved from the Thai caves on the 2nd day of the rescue

Linh Pham/Getty ImagesGeneral Bancha Duriyaphan answers questions from the press at a scheduled news conference after resuming the rescue of trapped children and their coach on July 9.
  • The second phase of the rescue operation to free the stranded Thai soccer team is underway.
  • Four boys were rescued on Monday, the Thai navy confirmed.
  • Four other members of the team were successfully extracted Sunday.
  • In all, 12 boys and their coach had been stuck in the Tham Luang cave network since June 23, when water levels partially flooded the escape routes.

Eight members of the soccer team stranded in a flooded cave complex in Thailand have been saved, as rescue efforts continued for a second day.

Four boys were extracted on Monday, the Royal Thai Navy has confirmed. Four others were extracted on Sunday.

Ten rescuers put on scuba gear and headed into the Tham Luang cave network about 11 a.m. local time on Monday to extract the remaining members of the junior soccer team and their coach, Thai officials said.

A witness on the scene reported seeing three people being carried on stretchers from the cave into an ambulance on Monday, with the first one emerging around 4:30 p.m., Reuters said.

Channel News Asia reported seeing three helicopters flying from the cave toward Chiang Rai’s city center, where the rescued boys are being treated in hospital.

A video published by the Thai PBS channel earlier on Monday also showed a person on a stretcher — most likely the first boy to be rescued on Monday — being transferred to a helicopter.

Another video from Thai PBS showed an ambulance arriving at a hospital in the city of Chiang Rai, near the cave network. Channel News Asia has also reported seeing ambulances carrying the sixth and seventh boys arriving at Chiang Rai hospital.

The rescue operation is estimated to take 10 hours and end by 9 p.m. local time.

Four members of the Wild Boar soccer team were rescued Sunday and are in a hospital. Rescuers sought to take out the boys in the weakest condition first.

Eight of the 12 boys, ages 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach remained stranded as of Monday morning.

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The four rescued boys on Sunday had to travel about 2 1/2 miles with oxygen tanks, making their way back to the cave’s entrance using a 3-mile rope. They were accompanied by professional divers throughout.

About 0.6 miles of the journey was believed to be underwater, requiring the boys to wear full face masks.

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The rescued boys are being kept in sterilized isolation units at a nearby hospital, which prohibits physical contact, and their parents have not been told they’re safe.

None of the boys’ identities have been publicly revealed.

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Though it rained again Sunday, it did not affect the water levels in the cave, said Narongsak Osatanakorn, the leader of the command center in charge of the rescue operation.

Thailand’s monsoon season began over the weekend, and the region expects days of rainfall and thunderstorms throughout July and August.

The soccer team had been trapped in the underground cave network since June 23, with flash floods causing water levels to rise, making it difficult to get out.

Rescuers found them huddled on top of a dry rock about 2 1/2 miles from the cave’s entrance after nine days of searching.

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