News & Opinion | July 9, 2018 9:02 am

Eight Boys Rescued From Thai Cave, Four More and Coach Still Trapped

A second batch of stranded boys have now made it out and are receiving medical care.

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An ambulance exits from the Tham Luang cave area as operations continue for the 8 boys and their coach trapped at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 9, 2018. (YE AUNG THU / AFP)
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Rescuers working at the cave site in northern Thailand brought at least four more boys out of the flooded cave system. A rescued boy emerged on a stretcher just before 4:30 p.m. local time Monday and was taken by a helicopter and ambulance to the same hospital in Chiang Rai where the first four boys, who were rescued Sunday by a team of international and Thai divers, are being treated. The other boys were transferred to a medical facility on site. Four more boys and their coach remain inside the cave.

The 12 boys, all members of a youth soccer team known as the Wild Boars, went missing with their coach over two weeks ago. They were discovered last Monday  huddled on a narrow rock shelf within the flooded cave system. The second rescue involved many of the same divers who brought the four boys out on Sunday. It is unclear which boys have been pulled out and which still remain in the cave. A relative of one member of the team said that the boys’ families had agreed to remain at the cave until all the boys and the coach were brought out, reports CNN.