Thai cave rescue: Soccer team all out of cave

Eighth Thai Boy Rescued As Divers Head Back Into Cave

MAE SAI, Thailand — At least two members of a youth soccer team trapped in a cave here for more than two weeks have emerged, and the rescue effort for the rest was continuing, Thai officials announced Sunday.

“Two kids are out. They are currently at the field hospital near the cave,” Tossathep Boonthong, chief of Chiang Rai’s health department and part of the rescue team, told Reuters.

Plans called for the boys to be placed in ambulances and given medical assessments. They will be shuttled to helicopters that will take them to a hospital.

“Today is D-Day,” Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters earlier in the day. Thirteen foreign divers and five Thai divers were taking part in the operation, the governor said.

He said it’s expected to take at least 10-12 hours – and could take days – for all 12 boys and their coach to emerge. The families of the youths had been informed of the plan, he said.