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8 boys freed from Thai cave; rescuers working to save 5 others

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Total of eight boys have been rescuedFour more boys were pulled from a deep cave in Thailand Monday, leaving four boys and their adult soccer coach underground in rising floodwaters.

The second phase of the rescue effort began on Monday, hours after the first four were pulled to safety late Sunday. One of the boys was removed by divers, placed on a stretcher and hospitalized. Divers removed another boy about an hour later. Two more were taken from the cave before nightfall.

Monday's mission began with eight boys and their 25-year-old coach still underground, all of whom have spent more than two weeks in the cave in Chiang Rai province.

It took hours to place oxygen tanks and guide ropes along the narrow tunnel leading to the boys. Additionally, a weir, or low dam, was built outside the entrance to keep water levels low, as heavy monsoon rains threatened to fill it and the 2.4-mile escape route.


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