Thai police officers stand guard at the blocking area in front of the oxygen tanks on a auto during rescue operations to save a soccer team at Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, Chiang Rai province, Thailand. "The war ends when we win all three battles - the battles to search, rescue and send them home".
Gong Hui, a Chinese diver involved in the operation that has drawn some 130 Thai and global divers, told Reuters on Saturday before the fresh rains that water levels in the cave had "receded a lot" after sustained pumping had removed millions of liters of water.
The first two boys emerged about nightfall from the Tham Luang cave complex after navigating a treacherous escape route of more than four kilometres (2.5 miles) through twisting, narrow and jagged passageways.
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Rescuers at a Thai cave where eight boys and their soccer coach remain trapped have awoken to cloudy skies, after a night in which heavy monsoon rain lashed the mountainous region for several hours.
Narongsak said Sunday morning two divers would escort each of the boys out of the cave.
But Narongsak said earlier that mild weather and falling water levels in recent days had created optimal conditions for an underwater evacuation.
As of Sunday, four boys were confirmed rescued from the cave, before the mission was paused, according to the BBC. "They have not been moved to Chiang Rai hospital yet", Tossathep told the Kyodo news agency.
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Rescuing them all could take two to four days and depended on the weather, an army commander involved in the mission said . According to the Associated Press , Thai officials said the healthiest boys have been taken out of the cave first.
The rescue process started at 10am and involved 13 worldwide divers and five Thai navy seals, who were described by Governor Narongsak as "an all-star team", reports the Daily Mail. The team of young soccer players, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach were stranded in the caves for almost 10 days due to flooding and their constantly evolving rescue has continued to make news headlines around the world.
A team of Thai Navy SEAL divers reached the boys yesterday, and will guide them out four at a time using a guide rope and oxygen tanks.
The rescue mission is expected to take another two to four days.
The rescue has captured the world's attention, and many have offered their ideas on how to get the team out.
Narongsak said that the "same multinational team" that went into the cave on Sunday to retrieve the first four boys was deployed on Monday.
They spent nine days unaccounted for inside the cave, before British divers found the emaciated and dishevelled group huddling on a muddy bank.
".I can't give you an exact number but it should be more than 10 hours but not exceeding 20 hours".
As the monsoon rains begin, water is being pumped out of the caves and a plan is being developed to bring them to safety. One was that it was unknown how safe and dry the area where they had taken shelter would stay as Thailand's rainy season, which lasts until at least late October, picks up pace. We will have to do the next mission as successfully as the one we did today.
The president of soccer's governing body, FIFA, has invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday if they make it out in time.