Four Thai boys rescued from flooded cave

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Before, during, and after the rescue, the Thai Navy SEALs leading the rescue mission kept people updated by posting encouraging messages on their Facebook page. However, there has been no official word on this so far.

Four members of the trapped soccer team have been rescued from the flooded cave in Thailand where they had been trapped for more than two weeks, according to Thai Navy SEALS.

The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach entered the cave to celebrate a birthday.

US special operations teams and divers have been part of the Thai-led worldwide rescue effort that led to four boys being pulled to safety from a cave Sunday after being trapped for 16 days.

His visit with relatives and rescue officials last week was criticized by some Thais as opportunistic as his government faced pro-democracy protests in the capital Bangkok in recent months.

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A former Navy SEAL and combat swimmer said that the unsafe and harrowing rescue of a soccer team trapped in a flooded Thailand cave was comparable to climbing the tallest mountain in the world.

According to a document released by the Thai authorities, two divers will accompany each of the teenagers.

The process is extremely risky, but officials say waters right now are at their optimal level inside the cave after a few days of better weather - and they're anxious about the potential for more rains to fill the flooded caves even further.

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"There are two obstacles, which are water and time", Narongsak said.

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The rescue mission has concluded for the night and will resume in 10 to 20 hours because of low oxygen levels.

An Australian doctor's triaging of 12 boys trapped in a cave in northern Thailand may have led to the rescue of four of the weakest children first.

Thirteen foreign divers and five Thai navy SEALs were taking part in the key leg of the rescue, taking the boys from where they have been sheltering and through dark, tight and twisting passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents.

Having completed this section, the boys are then handed over to separate, specialist rescue teams, who help assist them through the remainder of the caves, much of which they can wade through. But initial euphoria over finding the boys alive quickly turned into deep anxiety as rescuers raced to find a way to get them out, with Narongsak at one point dubbing the effort "Mission Impossible".

Rescuers have been unable to extend a hose pumping oxygen all the way to where the boys are, but have brought them some oxygen tanks.

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On Saturday, one father told Sky News he felt confident his son was "in safe hands" after receiving a letter from the boy, brought to parents by rescuers.