Tenth boy walks from Thai cave as rescue mission nears end

Ambulance Leaves Thai Cave on 2nd Day of Rescue Operation

"Hooyah", the Thai Navy SEALs, who have played a crucial role in the against-the-odds operation, said in a Facebook post as they announced that a total of 8 members of the "Wild Boars" football team had been rescued on Sunday and Monday.

Rescue workers and divers are using the break to rest and prepare for the next phase of the grueling operation, which Osotthanakorn said involves some of the hardest diving in the world.

The diver said that the fate of the boys is weighing on the teams' minds, and that they can't help but think of their own children.

The final four and their coach are expected to be rescued later Tuesday after 17 nights inside the cave system.

Four boys and their soccer coach remain in the cave.

The plight of the boys and their coach has drawn global attention since they became trapped when they went into the cave after soccer practice on June 23.

The boys were carried out on a stretcher on Tuesday, making them the first two to come out on the rescue's third day.

Authorities sent in the rescue teams for the third and final stage of retrieving the children trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non on Tuesday morning.

The hazardous bid to rescue the boys - aged between 11 and 16 - started unexpectedly on Sunday when the rescue team said conditions were ideal for the evacuation.

Thailand has been riveted by the dramatic rescue mission to save the "Wild Boars" team after they first became trapped in Tham Luang more than two weeks ago by rising flood waters.

The saga is not over yet, though: As of late Tuesday, a doctor and three Navy SEALs remained in the cave, and the Weather Channel says more monsoonal rains are increasing the risk of flooding.

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The first thing the Thai boys rescued from a cave said was that they missed their homes and were happy to be out of the cave, officials at the the Chiang Rai hospital said on Sunday.

But two of the boys freed from the partially flooded Thai cave have suspected lung infections, following their 16 day ordeal underground.

It could be at least seven days before they can be released from hospital, Jesada said.

Doctors were being cautious because of the infection risk and were isolating the boys in the hospital.

A spokesperson from the Thai public health authority said that they were in "high spirits" and also claimed that as they are football players, they have high immune systems.

He said they would need to keep at least 2 metres away from their boys for at least 48 hours, until "we are sure there is no infection, then they can visit them normally".

"Even though their equipment is technologically sophisticated, it doesn't fit with our mission to go in the cave", he said, according to BBC.

The Daily Mail reported that the initial plan was to extract the strongest boys first, while the others would stay back and build their strength.

It is understood that the British divers participating in the rescue specifically asked for Dr Harris' expertise.

He wrote in a tweet posted this morning: "Mini-sub is ready if needed".

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