Eight of the Thai boys are now in hospital recovering from being trapped in Tham Luang cave. They are recuperating after being rescued from the cave in daring rescue operations led by professional British divers.
Each rescue mission aimed for extracting four boys. Four more boys remain in the cave, along with their coach.
“Now more than half of these boys have reached safety,” said Newshub correspondent Conor Whitten.
The boys are "safe and conscious" Chiang Rai province acting Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn said, who is in charge of the rescue mission. The boys were visited in hospital by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Associated Press reported.
Mr Whitten told RadioLIVE’s Mark Sainsbury that the remaining five could be rescued as soon as tonight.
The second rescue operation on Monday began at 11am local time and took nine hours, which is two hours fewer than the first rescue operation on Sunday. Mr Osatanakorn said the second mission was quicker because there were "more operating personnel" and the rescuers had "more experience" gained from the first operation.
The families of the boys are unaware of which boys have been rescued, according to authorities. Mr Whitten has been informed that this is for the mental health of the families, particularly those who still have a boy in the cave.
Twelve boys, aged between 11 and 16, entered the Tham Luang cave complex on June 23 with their 25-year-old soccer coach. They were discovered alive after a nine-day search of the complex.
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