4 res­cued from Thai cave in risky op­er­a­tion; 9 re­main in­side

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS -

Ex­pert divers Sun­day res­cued four of 12 boys from a flooded cave in north­ern Thai­land where they were trapped with their soc­cer coach for more than two weeks, as a dan­ger­ous and com­pli­cated plan un­folded amid heavy rain and the threat of ris­ing wa­ter un­der­ground.

Eight of the boys and the coach re­mained in­side the Tham Luang Nang Non cave com­plex as au­thor­i­ties paused the in­ter­na­tional ef­fort un­til to­day to re­plen­ish air tanks along the treach­er­ous exit route.

But the suc­cess of the ini­tial evac­u­a­tion raised hopes that all will be out soon, al­though of­fi­cials said could it take up to four days to com­plete.

“The op­er­a­tion went much bet­ter than ex­pected,” said Chi­ang Rai, who is over­see­ing the mis­sion.

He told re­porters that four boys were brought out and taken to the hospi­tal in the town of Chi­ang Rai, the provin­cial cap­i­tal, for eval­u­a­tion, and the next phase of the op­er­a­tion will re­sume af­ter about 10-20 hours.

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