Local and worldwide media in Thailand are reporting two of the 12 boys trapped in the flooded Tham Luang cave have been successfully rescued after nearly two weeks. Eighteen divers set off at 10 a.m. local time on a risky mission to rescue the junior soccer team, who had been stuck deep inside Tham Luang cave for 16 days. According to the Guardian, the rescue has concluded for the night and will resume in about 10 to 20 hours.
"Today was the best day, the best situation in terms of the weather, the health of the boys, our water management for our rescue effort", the governor said. Some are not even strong swimmers, and have had to learn to dive in conditions that claimed the life of a former Thai Navy SEAL on Friday.
The mother of one of the boys said she's sleeping at the cave site as she waits for confirmation that her son was pulled from the cave.
Families of the teenage soccer players have expressed their joy over the discovery of the boys.
"Today is D-Day", Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue mission, had earlier told reporters.
Should the rains further flood the cave, as predicted, the team could be trapped in the cave for more than four months until waters recede. Per the Bangkok Post, the boys have been split up into four groups.More news: Antonio Conte returns for Chelsea training amid job uncertainty
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"All conditions are still as good as they were yesterday", Chiang Rai acting Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn said tonight.
The 12 boys have been trapped in the cave along with their 25-year-old coach since 23 June, after rising water levels trapped them inside. They take another five hours to return in the fast-moving currents through pitch-black tunnels studded with stalactites and sharp turns. The most problematic section of the trip has been revealed to be halfway out and named the "T-Junction" sue to the fact that it is so small divers are forced to remove their air tanks to pass it.
He said 13 foreign divers, five Thai divers and five Navy SEALs were involved in the rescue bid and the plan was for the boys to gradually come out, accompanied by two divers each. Monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for 10 days. After emerging from the cave, they were taken in an ambulance to be evacuated from the cave site via helicopter.
"It pretty much rains all day, sometimes every day or maybe every other day, it just depends on the area where you are at", said Guerrero.
"It is important to appreciate that the United Kingdom cave divers continue to work alongside the Thai Navy SEAL divers and a combination of cave divers and open water divers from many other nations", the statement said.
But with some of them unable to swim and having no diving experience, Mr Narongsak had previously dubbed the rescue effort "Mission Impossible". And many of them are experienced cave divers, which certainly helps because this is a very risky operation.