First two of Thai soccer team rescued from cave, official says

First two of Thai soccer team rescued from cave, official says

"Clearly there is a huge risk of someone panicking if they are not used to the diving environment", Tony Haigh, a spokesman for the British Cave Rescue Council, which had two divers that found the boys, told the Post.

A rescue official on Sunday said that the first two schoolboys have been rescued from a flooded Thai cave after a daring mission to rescue 12 children and their soccer coach, who have been trapped underground for more than two weeks, was launched. Officials said the healthiest of the boys have been taken out first and the rescue operation is going better than expected, Independent.co reports.

"The hole is really small, I have to take off my air tank to crawl through it", a 25-year-old Thai Navy SEAL who declined to be named, told Reuters before the rescue attempt. Divers have taught the boys to breathe through scuba equipment for the areas they must swim underwater for extended periods.

The boys and the coach will dive out of the cave one at a time, each accompanied by a member of a team of global and Thai divers.

The head of the rescue operation, Narongsak Osatanakorn, had earlier told reporters that "Today is D-Day".

Mongkhol Boonpiam's mother said last night she learned her son may have been rescued from social media. Water from heavy rains have flooded the cave, leaving the team trapped inside.

Six boys among a group of 13 trapped in a flooded Thai cave for more than a fortnight were rescued on Sunday, authorities said, raising hopes elite divers would also quickly save the others.

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The previous announced death toll was 33, with authorities saying all were Chinese. Some 48 passengers and crew members were rescued before the boat sank.

"We will still maintain our planned mission and the two main obstacles are time and water", a spokesperson said.

The order to leave the site came as irritation over the media presence grew, and a day after the rescue mission chief said conditions were ideal for the evacuation to begin.

The journey is set to be hard for both the boys, who can not dive or swim, as well as the experienced divers due to low visibility and strong currents. They had been missing for 10 days before they were discovered.

After a short deluge of rain on Saturday night and with more bad weather forecast, Narongsak on Sunday said authorities had to act immediately. Four boys have already made it safely out of the cave.

The mission reportedly paused due to depleted oxygen levels in the cave.

The group of 12 boys has been trapped inside a cave in northern Thailand for two weeks.

American technology entrepreneur Elon Musk even deployed engineers from his private space exploration firm SpaceX and Boring Co.to help. It was not immediately known if a US diver was among them. "I had been anxious about my son, that he would be exhausted, he would be tired", he said.

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