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International teams join forces to bring the young Wild Boars home

Chiang Rai provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said at a news conference that the four boys rescued Monday were "safe and sound" and brought to the hospital in better condition than the first four boys saved on Sunday.

The challenges 12 boys and their soccer coach are facing as they make their way out of a flooded cave in Thailand are more mental than physical, Canadian cave divers and rescuers said Monday. Another five still await rescue, including the team's 25-year old coach.

It was reported that heavy rain was falling at the media centre, around a mile from the cave entrance, which could scupper plans to get the boys out today. They had been trapped inside the Tham Luang cave for more than two weeks.

Thai soldiers arrive at the Tham Luang cave area as the operations continue for those still trapped inside the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 9, 2018.

Rescue operations chief Narongsak Osottanakorn described Sunday's initial rescue bid as "D-Day" when it was launched, and there were fears that any one of many potential pitfalls could prove deadly. If the rain god helps us, then we may be able to work fast.

"8 boars in 2 days. We hope for good news in the next few hours", Mr Narongsak said at about 3pm.

"I beg Phra Pirun because the Meteorological Department said that from Monday on there will be continuous rain", Major General Bancha Duriyapan said.
"If I ask too much, he might not provide it". "In terms of re-feeding and the regaining of strength, there's only a certain amount of energy that you can re-accumulate, and it doesn't happen in just a couple of days", Auerbach said.

A total of eight of the 12 boys have now been brought out of the treacherous cave system by divers, including four who were brought out on Sunday, when the rescue operation began.

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An aide to the Thai Navy SEAL commander says four boys were brought out of the flooded cave in northern Thailand on Monday and the ongoing rescue operation is over for the day. A family member told CNN Monday that they hadn't been told which boys had been pulled out, and who is still trapped in the cave.

Their friends were full of optimism - and worry.

"Don't be anxious, I miss everyone". Four boys and their football coach are still in the cave.

The four boys guided from the cave Sunday in an urgent and unsafe operation that involved them diving through the cave's dark, tight and twisting passages were happy and in good health, authorities said. Students and teachers at Maesaiprasitsart school, attended by numerous children, have been given instructions to avoid "talk that hurts [the boys'] feelings", said teacher Thongyaud Kejorn.

Thirteen foreign and five Thai divers are taking part in the rescue operation. It ended with their fighting cheer, adopted from the U.S. Navy: "Hooyah!"

Musk has been tweeting about the rescue effort for days and said he is "amazed by the bravery, resilience & tenacity of kids & diving team in Thailand".

According to the Associated Press, a Thai official revealed that the healthiest boys were taken out of the cave first.

The same elite divers involved in Sunday's rescue would conduct the next one, given their knowledge of the cave conditions, Thailand's interior minister said in a statement.

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