Eight boys rescued from cave in northern Thailand

Divers rescue fifth boy from flooded Thailand cave

Divers rescue fifth boy from flooded Thailand cave

Eight of the boys were rescued by a team of Thai and worldwide divers on Sunday and Monday.

It took three missions over three days for a crack team of divers to guide the group one-by-one through the 4-kilometre-long labyrinth. Helicopters transporting the boys roared overhead.

Officials said the boys, many of whom had never learned to swim, were given anti-anxiety medication to keep them calm.

Mr Karadzic, who the BBC reported was stationed near a hard stretch of the cave about halfway along the escape route to replace oxygen tanks and help guide people through, said the rescue workers had feared the worst. She says it has felt like the whole world was rooting for the boys. "It's hope and faith that has brought us this success".

Amporn Sriwichai, an aunt of rescued coach Ekkapol Chantawong, was ecstatic.

The disappearance of the boys and their novice monk turned soccer coach from this small town on the Thailand-Myanmar border - remarkably found alive nine days after they went missing June 23 - launched an extraordinary saga of worldwide cooperation and ingenuity, as experts from many fields planned how to maneuver all 13 out alive.

The youngsters and their coach got trapped on June 23 while exploring the cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai after soccer practice, when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.

Divers have rescued eight of the boys.

The head of the operation, Narongsak Osottanakorn, said earlier the final operation would be "more challenging" because one more survivor would be brought out, along with three Navy SEALs who have been accompanying them.

The mission wasn't entirely successful, however. "All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave", the Thai Navy SEAL unit, which led the rescue, said on its Facebook page.

They were brought to the surface by a daisy chain of divers who guided them through 4km of narrow, murky water-filled passages. "It's called anxiolytic, something to make them not excited, not stressed".

In the past two days, eight boys were rescued and are now in a hospital isolation ward while they are tested for any possible infections. "Everyone is in high spirits and are happy to get out. But we will have a psychiatrist evaluate them".

"I've told them once this has died down let's really sit down and have a more in-depth interview on what's really happening", he said.

There are concerns they may have consumed contaminated water, while bird or bat droppings could cause infections. "At this moment [there are] no worrisome conditions, everyone is safe", Thailand's Health Secretary, Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, told reporters per Reuters.

Family members have seen at least some of the boys from behind a glass isolation barrier, and Jedsada said doctors may let the boys walk around their beds Tuesday.

Musk congratulated the team who carried out the operation, which concluded successfully on Tuesday afternoon.

"If this place had a roof, the morale has gone straight through it", he said.

US President Donald Trump hailed the rescue.

WATCH: Global's Eric Sorensen takes a look at how a boys soccer team and their coach became trapped in a cave in Thailand. "Such a attractive moment - all freed, great job!"

American space entrepreneur Elon Musk tweeted that he visited the Tham Luang cave operation on Monday and Tuesday morning, and left behind a prototype mini-sub "in case it is useful" at the flooded cave where five members of a youth football team remained trapped. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected".

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