4 boys rescued from Thai cave – Remaining 8 boys and coach will wait until tomorrow to be saved

Four boys members of the youth soccer team who have been trapped inside Thailand’s Tham Luang cave for two weeks have reached safety, Thai officials have said. It was earlier claimed that six had been rescued.

The first two boys from the Wild Boar academy team reached the surface before 6 PM local time (12 GMT).

Eighteen divers began a daring rescue mission on Sunday to free the 12 Thai boys and their football coach from deep inside the cave in Thailand’s northern Chiang Rai province.

Divers will not be rescuing the remaining six children tonight, the Thai Public Broadcast Service announced, reporting: ‘Only six of the boys will be taken out tonight.’

However, authorities later confirmed they had only been able to rescue four boys, instead of the planned six.

The other eight players – and their coach – will remain underground and be rescued tomorrow, the state-funded news agency said. Divers are expected to re-enter the caves in between ten and twenty hours’ time because there were not enough air tanks along the route to continue, an official said.

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A staggering 90 divers have been involved in the rescue in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex, with only 40 of them coming from Thailand.

“Today is the D-day. The boys are ready to face any challenges,” rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters near the cave site as weather forecasters warned of more monsoon rains late on Sunday that would cause more flooding in the cave.

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