The first four boys, from the group of 13, including the coach, were rescued on Sunday.
The rescue operation for the rest people trapped in the flooded cave since June 23 resumed Monday morning after the first four boys were successfully pulled out from the cave on Sunday evening.
Four more young football players were rescued Monday from a flooded cave on day two of a risky rescue mission that so far has been an outrageous success.
Diane Robinson is the lead editor for News Australia Today. Those conditions won't last if the rain resumes, he said.
Onlookers watch and cheer during the rescue operation. Each of the rescued boys has been guided through the dark winding cave by a pair of divers.
The boys and their coach went exploring in the massive Tham Luang Nang Non cave on June 23 after a soccer practice, and were cut off when a rainstorm flooded the cave. "Not wise questions to ask", Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha told reporters in Bangkok on Monday morning when asked about the conditions of the four.
Authorities then struggled to determine the best way to save the "Wild Boars", with the group stuck on a shelf above the floodwaters in pitch darkness.
Monsoon flooding cut off their escape route and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days.
The mission which started Sunday is a race against the clock with heavy rain expected this week which would again flood the tunnels with fast-flowing, rising water.
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First two of Thai soccer team rescued from cave
In any case, it's instructive to see how the crowdsourced engineering exercise unfolded over the course of just a couple of days. Dark clouds and fog shrouded the area around the cave as a steady rain began falling in the early afternoon.
Expert climbers, divers and Thai Navy Seals have mulled contingencies ranging from drilling an escape route through the mountain to waiting out the monsoon inside the cave.
The hazardous bid to rescue the boys - aged between 11 and 16 - started unexpectedly on Sunday when the rescue team said conditions were flawless for the evacuation.
Thai military medical personnel walking inside a restricted area as preparations are made to transport rescued boys from Tham Luang cave to a hospital. A former Thai navy SEAL passed out and died making the dive Friday. On Sunday, he shared photos and video on Twitter showing a "tiny, kid-size submarine" that could potentially help with the rescue effort.
Each had to wear an oxygen mask to enable normal breathing, authorities said.
A deluge could overwhelm efforts to lower water levels in the caves - more than 32 million gallons of water were pumped out after the boys were found last Monday.
Four of the boys were rescued on Sunday, and authorities are now working to replenish air tanks along the cave's treacherous exit route. I've told Yod to get ready to take me out for fried chicken. Relatives were able to see them through a glass partition, Narongsak said.
At the hospital in Chiang Rai, green canvas sheets had been put up to block the entrance from view.
The world has been hooked on the fate of the group of Thai boys trapped in a cave and the heroic attempts to rescue them.
A hospital spokesperson told media the priority was to make sure the children were safe.
As for the boys who have been rescued, they are in isolation and being monitored at a hospital for infection. Channel News Asia has also reported seeing ambulances carrying the sixth and seventh boys arriving at the Chiang Rai hospital.