Four were rescued yesterday

Five of 12 boys and their coach who were trapped in a Thailand cave for over two weeks have been rescued.

As reported by the Guardian, a fifth boy has been rescued after a diver re-entered the Thailand cave.

The team, who have been trapped for almost two weeks, entered the cave when it was dry but were caught when rain flooded the chamber.

British rescue divers found the group 2.5 miles from the cave mouth after 10 days.

Rescue mission chief Narongsak Osatanakorn confirmed that divers entered Tham Luang Nang Non on Monday morning. “At 11am we sent the second team,” he said.

Four boys were successfully rescued on Sunday.Osatanakorn said this morning’s rescue mission was possible because the conditions were the same as Sunday -declining water levels in the cave, the readiness of rescuers and the physical and mental health of the stranded boys.

“The factors are as good as yesterday [and] the rescue team is the same team with a few replacements for those exhausted,” he said.

When asked which how the boys are selected for rescue, Osatanakorn replied, “the perfect ones, the most ready ones.”

Thousands of pumps inside the cave have kept water levels in decline, leaving the cave unaffected by the rain over the last 48 hours, according to Thailand’s forestry department.

The first boy would emerge between 7.30pm and 8.30pm local time, Osatanakorn said. Asked which boys would be coming he said: “The perfect ones, the most ready ones.”

Osatanakorn said medical teams are assessing how and when to reunited the rescued boys with their parents.

“The medical team is considering whether to let closest relative visit them,” Osatanakorn said. “It could be a visit through transparent glass rooms. We are discussing this with doctors at the hospital.”

The identity of the rescued boyswould not yet be officially named due to “doctor-patient confidentiality”, he added.

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