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Thai soldiers try to connect water pipes to help bypass water from the cave AP Thai soldiers try to connect water pipes to help bypass water from the cave
Tamara Craig | 10 July, 2018, 15:31

MAE SAI, Thailand-Thai authorities hope to evacuate four remaining boys and their soccer coach from the flooded Tham Luang cave on Tuesday, ending a more than two-week ordeal that began when members of the team were stranded by flash floods deep inside one of the country's biggest cave systems.

Monday's rescue effort took about nine hours, two fewer than the day before, in a sign of growing confidence and expertise.

The boys were trapped in the Tham Luan Nang Non cave that became flooded by monsoon rains while they were exploring it after a soccer practice on June 23.

Four boys and their football coach are waiting to make the long and arduous journey out of the cave complex.

Sunday night, teams of divers brought out four of the trapped boys to waiting ambulances.

The boys are being guided out of the cave by two divers with oxygen tanks.

"Today we might have to wait longer, but it will be worth the longer wait", the rescue chief said, per The Australian.

Thai Navy SEALS on Monday proudly announced their latest successful extraction of four youth soccer players trapped in a cave by adopting the U.S. Navy's "Hooyah!"

The boys will need to remain in hospital for at least a week as they recover.

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Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha visited the cave to inspect the operation and was quoted by Narongsak as saying he didn't want to see this kind of incident happen again on Thai soil.

Both groups were brought out of the cave with gauze over their eyes because of their prolonged stint 3.2 kilometres deep inside the cave, Dr Chokedamrongsuk said, and had inititally worn sunglasses at the hospital to soften their exposure to the light of the outside world. However it was not clear if the 25-year-old coach was among them or if he remained inside.

Authorities say expected rains may force a complex rescue quicker than first thought.

The rescue operation is being conducted by Thai navy SEALs and a team of foreign divers, while an global team of experts, including a USA military team, is providing assistance. Two are being treated for a "minor" lung infection. After they were found on July 2, officials cautioned it could take some time to get them out, but authorities chose to act with heavy rains forecast to hit the region.

Four of the boys were safely rescued on Sunday after rescuers carried out a risky operation, amid fears the waters will rise again to a unsafe level.

Jedsada Chokdumrongsuk, centre, said at a press conference Tuesday that the boys rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand will be staying in hospital at least seven days. Chiang Rai province's acting governor, Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is in charge of the rescue, voiced confidence on Monday in the ongoing operation, provided the weather doesn't worsen.

Thai Navy SEALS confirmed that the 9th boy had been extracted from the cave at 4:06 p.m.

On Monday, rescuers retrieved four more boys, bringing the total freed so far to eight.

They will join four other boys who were rescued on Sunday.

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