Reports Say First Two Boys Brought Out of Cave

Reports Say First Two Boys Brought Out of Cave

The hordes of global and local media have been kept back from the cave and the hospital in Chiang Rai where the boys are believed to be under observation.

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

The boys' conditions were "not that bad" and "they're OK", according to Eve Tapanya from the Tourist Police. They will be accompanied by an "all-star" team of 13 global and five Thai divers, officials said.

Divers who entered the Tham Luang cave complex Sunday morning emerged nine hours later at about 5:40 p.m. local time with two boys, described as among the weakest of the group of 12 boys aged 11 to 16 and their soccer coach who went on an adventure outing after practice last month.

Monsoon flooding cut off their escape route and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days. "We hope they are coming out today".

Mild weather and falling water levels over the past few days had created optimal conditions for an underwater evacuation that won't last if it rains again, Narongsak had said.

"Now and in the next three or four days, the conditions are flawless [for evacuation] in terms of the water, the weather and the boys' health", Narongsak in a press conference on Sunday.

Hours after four boys were confirmed to have been rescued from the cave, Musk tweeted video of a small vessel being tested underwater.

Falling oxygen levels, and with numerous boys not able to swim well, present further risks should they panic as they are guided slowly through the pitch-black waters.

In neat blue handwriting, 11-year-old Chanin Viboonrungruang, the youngest of the group, told his parents not to worry, and said he was looking forward to eating fried chicken. "I miss everyone. Grandpa, Uncle, Mom, Dad and siblings, I love you all". "I had been anxious about my son, that he would be exhausted, he would be tired", he said.

Expert climbers, divers and Thai Navy Seals have mulled contingencies ranging from drilling an escape route through the mountain to waiting out the monsoon inside the cave. "Love you all", wrote one of the boys named Mick. "The next best situation would be if the water level is as low as possible to move the kids".

Dr Harris continues to play a key role in the ongoing global effort to get the remaining eight boys and their coach to safety.

The team and coach were taught diving skills Saturday in advance of their trek out of the cave. Food, electrolyte drinks, drinking water, medicine and oxygen canisters have been delivered to them.

Thai officials said Friday that oxygen levels inside the cave plummeted to a risky 15% - shy of the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's "optimal range" of oxygen, which is between 19.5% and 23.5%.

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