1 NEWS reporter Kimberlee Downs is now in Chiang Rai near the scene of the cave rescue, she says today's mission will be complicated by the fact there are more people to extract, including medics and divers who were stationed in the cave with the group. Rescue officials said the team's coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, who also remains stranded, was among "the weakest in the group" because he gave up his share of food and water to the children in the early days of their entrapment.
At a news conference Monday, former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said the second rescue involved numerous same divers who brought the four boys out on Sunday.
They're all likely to stay the hospital for seven days due to their weakened immune systems, Chokedamrongsook said.
Giving an update on the four boys pulled from the cave Sunday, Narongsak said, "This morning, they said they were hungry and wanted to eat khao pad grapao" - a popular Thai rice dish of meat stir-fried with basil and chili peppers. Four boys and their coach remain in the cave, but it's unclear if authorities will try to extract them in a group of four or try to take the five out in a single mission.
The rescued boys are being quarantined in case any of them contracted infections while inside the cave.
The second group of four rescued on Monday are aged 12 to 14.
The boys, ranging in age from 11-16, have been trapped in the cave system since June 23, after heavy rains flooded the cave system.
Eight boys have exited the Thai cave since Sunday, an official close to the rescue operation said. Three more members of the team emerged before the day's nine-hour rescue efforts were halted after nightfall, according to a post on the Facebook page of Thailand's navy SEAL unit. Each of the rescued boys has been guided through the dark winding cave by two pairs of divers.
Overnight, the entrepreneur Elon Musk posted on social media that he had personally delivered a child-sized submarine to the site which he has developed to assist with the operation, but it is unlikely to play a role. More worrying, however, oxygen levels in the chamber where the boys sought refuge were falling.
Among the ideas were drilling an escape route through the mountain, or leaving them for months until the monsoon season ended and the flooding subsided.
The death of a former Thai Navy SEAL diver who ran out of oxygen in the cave on Friday underscored the danger of the journey even for professionals.
Reuters reports that soccer's governing body, FIFA, has invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday if they make it out in time.
Officials said the boys are healthy but have not provided details on their condition.
Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Public Health speaks during a news conference at the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital, in Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 10, 2018.
"We have more expertise than yesterday", he said. We've got good news for you.
It ended with their fighting cheer, adopted from the US Navy: "Hooyah!"But bringing out the remaining four boys and their coach could take more than one operation, Narongsak warned".
"But if the rain god doesn't help, then it could be challenging".