'Better than expected' rescue suspended for night; four out

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Reuters news agency reported that six boys have been rescued, citing a senior member of the medical team involved in the rescue. A Thai Navy SEAL commander told reporters he believed there was "a limited amount of time" left to rescue the soccer team.

Depending on weather and water conditions, the entire operation to get all 13 members of the team out of the cave could last two to four days, according to army Maj.

"All conditions are still as good as they were yesterday", Narongsak told a news conference.

On their earlier rescue mission As per sources, divers are expected to resume the mission by today, July 9.

Four boys among a group of 13 trapped in a flooded Thai cave reached the rescue base camp inside the complex on Sunday and will walk out soon, the country's defense ministry spokesman told AFP.

The day's operation started at 11 a.m. after divers finished reinstalling oxygen tanks and doing rope checks along the exit route that includes flooded narrow passageways. But it began raining heavily just after the first boys were rescued.

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Sunday night divers escorted the four children, who were wearing equipment to help them breathe.

"I don't want the media to ask me how many days or months or years it would take before getting all of the kids out, but we will do it as fast and safely as possible", Prayuth said.

The boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach belong to a local team called Moo Pa (Wild Boars) Academy.

Less than an hour after the helicopter took off, Thai public television aired live video of a medivac helicopter landing close to a hospital in the city of Chiang Rai, around 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the cave.

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The boys separately emerged from Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai Province between 5:30 pm and 6 pm local time.

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Another concern for the remaining boys is their health and conditioning to make the arduous trip after nine days without food before they were found by navy divers.

Officials have not yet named the boys who were rescued, not even to the parents of the group, according to Namhom Boonpiam, the mother of one of the boys.

The other, and perhaps more worrying, was that oxygen levels in the complex were falling close to risky levels.

The first, almost 1km-long section from where the boys have been huddling in darkness is believed to be the most hard, requiring a long dive and crawling through mud and debris, with some crevices barely wide enough for a person. All four were rushed to a hospital 65km away in Chiang Rai.

"Football's Coming Home. First Wild Boars Out", a headline on one online Thai paper said on Monday, referring to a song chanted by English soccer fans at the World Cup now underway in Russian Federation.

But with some of them unable to swim and having no diving experience, Mr Narongsak had previously dubbed the rescue effort "Mission Impossible".

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