Ninth boy emerges from Thai cave on final day of rescue

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

The second group of four rescued on Monday are aged 12 to 14.

It's been more than two weeks since the 12 boys and their soccer coach became trapped in the flooded Tham Luang cave at the Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Chiang Rai. A few hours later, Michael Safi, a Guardian reporter, confirmed that the sixth boy had been rescued.

So far the group have been "kept away" from physical contact with their parents until the risk of infection is over and doctors have only allowed family and loved ones to see them through glass.

The urgent and risky effort has involved the boys diving through the cave's tight and twisting passages, guided by experienced divers. "And we will do it faster because we are afraid of the rain". "They can have normal food but we are making sure it is easily digestible, not spicy or too strongly flavoured".

They have no fever or serious ailments, said public health permanent secretary Dr Jesada Chokedamrongsuk at a press conference on Tuesday (July 10). Those conditions won't last if the rain resumes, he said.

The eight boys brought out by divers over the previous two days are in "high spirits" and have strong immune systems because they are soccer players, a senior health official said.

Narongsak would not identify the rescued boys.

Their friends were full of optimism - and worry.

The team consisting of boys ages 11 to 16 was initially trapped while exploring the cave when rains flooded their exit path.

"Even when my friends have left the cave, I'm anxious about their physical well-being".

"There's a likelihood of resilience, assuming everyone comes out, there's no fatalities, I think the worst is behind them", Adesman said.

The search and rescue operation has riveted people in Thailand and internationally, with journalists from across the globe traveling to this town along the border with Myanmar to report on the ordeal.

Witnesses say the boys freed Monday were treated at a make-shift hospital at the site, before being taken to a local hospital.

Heavy rains lashed the northern Thai region late Monday and a steady downpour has continued Tuesday. More worrying, however, oxygen levels in the cave were falling.

The first boy rescued by Monday's team was freed around 4:30 p.m. local time and transferred to the same hospital as the first four boys who were rescued on Sunday.

"We have more operating personnel". Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand's navy SEAL unit are taking part in the rescue operation. The message, like most posted by the SEALs, ended with the fighting cheer adopted from the U.S. Navy: Hooyah.

Although there have been no major reported complications during the initial rescues, the death of a former Thai Navy SEAL diver who ran out of oxygen in a flooded area of the cave on Friday underscored the dangers of the journey.

Officials have generally waited hours to confirm rescues.

Using a tube from a SpaceX Falcon rocket, Musk and a team of his SpaceX engineers created an aluminum pod light enough to be carried by two divers and small enough to squeeze through all of the cave's often exceedingly narrow passageways.

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