Rescuers begin 'challenging' final push to free last five from Thai cave

Police use umbrellas to cover a stretcher at a military airport in Chiang Rai

Image Police use umbrellas to cover a stretcher at a military airport in Chiang Rai

Two boys has been rescued on the third and final mission to save the last four members of a Thai soccer team and their coach, who have been trapped in a cave for more than two weeks.

The rescue effort, headed by the Royal Thai Navy's SEAL unit, have evacuated eight of the 12 boys, 11- to 16-year-old members of a Thai soccer team.

After divers brought out four of the boys Monday evening, authorities indicated the rescue operation would continue for a third day.

The rescued boys will be in quarantine for at least 24 hours, Tracy reports.

Elon Musk, the billionaire owner of Tesla and SpaceX, was in Thailand with engineers from his companies to offer their expertise in the rescue.

The rescue mission began on Sunday morning, almost a week since the 12 boys, aged 11 to 16, and their coach had been discovered on an embankment 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) inside the winding tunnels.

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Fresh rains on Tuesday added urgency to the final stages of the treacherous rescue bid, several kilometres inside a mountain and through flooded, tight corridors.

Police and military personnel use umbrellas to shield a rescued boy beng transferred on a stretcher from a helicopter to an ambulance after he emerged from the Tham Luang cave.

Two more boys left the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex a short time later and were transferred to a medical facility on site, followed soon after by a fourth boy, according to the eyewitness, who is stationed at the entrance to the cave.

Two of the first boys had mild lung infections which could be pneumonia but, he said, most of the boys were "fine, normal" and had undergone a battery of tests, X-rays, and received vaccinations.

The four boys pulled 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.

The second group of 4 that were pulled out afterwards are aged between 12 and 14.

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"Any way we can help involve them in their own rescue is beneficial", he said.

Divers from Thailand and overseas, including the United States, China, Europe, and Australia have helped retrieve the boys, who are between the ages of 11-16.

"If the rain god helps us, then we may be able to work fast", the head of the rescue mission, Narongsak told reporters. It is made of rocket parts & named Wild Boar after kids' soccer team.

"If everything goes right, we will see four kids and a doctor and three Seals that have stayed with the kids will all come out", he said.

"Mini sub arriving in about 17 hours", Musk tweeted Sunday.

So the challenge for the children lies in keeping in keeping calm while remembering the minutiae of a new skill, Foisey said.

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He attributed the improvement of the extraction mission with lesser time spent to the increased experience with the terrain of the divers, the 100 plus people from different countries who installed the base line and the other support equipment.

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