The entire world has their eyes fixed on the tireless rescue operations that are now underway in Tham Luang cave in Thailand where a junior football team of 12 boys led by a young coach is trapped. A defence ministry official earlier told AFP six boys had "come out". Gen. Chalongchai Chaiyakam. The only way to bring the boys and their coach out of the cave is by navigating dark and tight passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents, as well as oxygen-depleted air.
Rain last night appears to have prompted the authorities to announce this afternoon that the rescue attempt had begun, and this latest rain has added to the urgency.
A source, speaking after the first two boys were rescued, said: "Two kids are out".
Narongsak Osottanakorn, the governor of the country's Chiang Rai Province and the leader of the rescue mission, said the dive team is working with doctors to determine the order of exit, per Forgan.
Plans called for the boys to be placed in ambulances and given medical assessments.
"I confirm that we are at war with water and time from the first day up to today", Chiang Rai Acting Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn said Saturday.
The "Wild Boars" team has been confined in a cramped chamber several kilometres inside the Tham Luang cave complex since June 23, when they went in after football practice and were hemmed in by monsoon floods.
Monsoon flooding had initially cut off their escape, and rescuers were unable to find them for more than a week.
A former member of Thailand's SEAL unit died during a dive on Thursday night, a grim turn in what began two weeks ago as an outing to celebrate the birthday of one of the boys. Late Sunday, it posted that a fourth boy is out of the cave.
"He added: "They can not decide how many of them will be able to come out for the first operation".
Rescuers have suggested that it may take up to two days for the rescue to be completed, with each boy being brought out individually.
"Today is a D-Day for our operation", Narongsak said.
But early on Sunday, journalists were told they had to move down the road, sparking speculation that a rescue mission was about to begin.
"They are all of our students, all of our friends, all of our children", she said.