Report: 7th Boy Rescued From Thai Cave

Reuters is reporting that a seventh boy has been brought out of the cave in Thailand as phase two of the rescue operation is underway. That leaves five boy plus the coach of the soccer team still stuck inside. 

 A second rescue effort is underway in Thailand where a boys soccer team has been trapped in a cave since June 23rd. 

Sunday, four boys were brought out safely.  
"The four children are well at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital," said Mission Commander Narongsak Osottanakorn.

 Osottanakorn said the four children are well at the hospital. He added that this morning they said they were hungry and asked for a favorite dish of fried rice with pork.  

The new rescue operation began just before midnight eastern time. The goal this time is to bring four to six of the team members out -- depending on the conditions. 

Time is of the essence - heavy monsoon rains pounded the area over the weekend. So far though, crews say water levels inside the cave haven't risen thanks to the pumps pulling water out.

"The oxygen tube has been put in place," said Osottanakorn.
Thai officials say crews had to first restock the oxygen canisters along the escape route before resuming the rescue - something they were able to do quicker than expected.

The journey from the cave to the entrance is a treacherous one.
The boys were escorted 2 and a half miles through a series of dark and flooded tunnels. Thailand's interior minister says the same divers who took part in Sunday's rescue will also conduct the next operation as they know the cave conditions and what to do.
Divers say the initial rescue took about 13 hours to complete.

The four boys in the hospital from yesterday still need to be kept away from their parents - and others - due to fear of infection, according to mission officials.

(Laura Podesta, CBS News)

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