According to Thailand's interior minister, same divers who rescued 3 students and the coach on Sunday night will conduct the next operation as they are aware of the cave conditions.
A massive global search operation was launched and it took 10 days to locate the boys, who had taken shelter on a dry slope deep in the complex. 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.
"Today, everything was very smooth", Narongsak said.
The boys and their soccer coach have been in the cave for over two weeks.
The unpredictable threat of more monsoonal rain has prompted Thai authorities to work faster in their bid to rescue the remaining boys trapped in a cave.
Their plight has transfixed Thailand and the rest of the world, as authorities struggled to devise a plan to get the boys and their coach out through twisting, narrow and jagged passageways that in some places are completely flooded. The Thai navy confirmed to the Guardian that the first two boys were freed late on Sunday afternoon and then airlifted to Chiang Rai city, which is about 50 miles from the cave. All four of those rescued yesterday were safe, he said. We are calculating how much time we have if it rains, how many hours and days, ' he said.
The Wild Boars and their coach became trapped on June 23 when they set out to explore the vast cave complex after soccer practice, when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.
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"As all of us said, the main thing is we still need more than 20 hours to get ready", Narongsak said.
He said 13 foreign divers, five Thai divers and five Navy SEALs were involved in the rescue bid and the plan was for the boys to gradually come out, accompanied by two divers each. The American team of 30 people at the site includes 17 Air Force search-and-rescue specialists. The team and coach were exploring the cave after a practice game when heavy rainfall and flooding cut off their escape route out of the cave and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days.
The first, almost 1km-long section from where the boys have been huddling in darkness is believed to be the most hard, requiring a long dive and crawling through mud and debris, with some crevices barely wide enough for a person.
Thirteen medical teams were stationed outside the cave on Sunday - each with its own helicopter and ambulance - one for each of 12 boys and their coach.
Rescue crews found them deep inside the cave on July 2.
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.
"It's risky to the most experienced divers to go through", one diver told Reuters.