• Four boys now out of danger after getting rescued from the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand where they have been trapped for more than two weeks
  • Eight more boys and their football coach remain to be rescued

Four boys have been rescued from the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand where they have been trapped for more than two weeks; a senior member of rescue operation’s medical team said on Sunday, 8 July.

Twelve Thai boys along with their coach have been trapped in the cave for almost two weeks because they have not learned adequate diving skills in the few days since searchers reached the area where they are sheltering.

The massive and so-far miraculous operation, involving almost 50 foreign and 40 Thai divers, saw the four children able to walk unassisted from the cave, ahead of schedule and in good spirits.

“Today we rescued four children and sent them to hospital. We consider that a great success,” said Narongsak Osotthanakorn, the head of the joint command center coordinating the rescue; adding it was the best situation on that day – in terms of kids’ health, water and our rescue readiness.

According to The Guardian, the first boy emerged from the cave at 5.40pm local time, followed by a second 10 to 12 minutes later, he said. “After that, a third and fourth at 7.40pm and 7.50pm.”

The remaining eight boys and their 25-year-old coach will be brought out in further operations starting in the morning.

“Our job is not completely done,” Osatanakorn said. “We will have to do the next mission as successfully as the one we did today. The rest of the kids are in the same spot.”