Multiple Thai Cave Rescue Movies Are In The Works

John Volanthen

At least nine ambulances have been waiting at the site after the leader of the rescue operation said Tuesday's aim was to bring out all five as well as a medic and three Thai Navy SEALS, who have been with the trapped boys.

The eight boys who've been rescued so far have all swum out of the cave, each escorted by two expert divers.

The four boys rescued on Sunday are now eating normal food and walking around, while the four extracted on Monday are being given soft food.

"Today (Tuesday) we hope to be faster", Narongsak added, of the complex and unsafe operation that involves diving through narrow, flooded chambers.

But the initial euphoria at finding them dissipated as authorities struggled to devise a safe plan to get them out, with the shelf more than four kilometres (2.5 miles) deep inside the cave and the labyrinth of tunnels leading to them filled with water.

Rescuers are racing to extract the rest of the squad and their coach as heavy rains pick back up in the northern province, threatening to complicate the last phase of the mission by reflooding the cave.

Nurses chatted with them and the boys responded with the customary Thai sign of respect - hands pressed together while bowing the head.

They are still being quarantined from their parents because of the risk of infection and will probably be kept in hospital for a week to undergo tests, officials said.

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The four boys rescued first are "well, they're up and about", Sky News' southeast Asia correspondent, Siobhan Robbins, said.

Anaesthetist Richard Harris, who did the final medical checks of the 12 trapped boys and their coach, was among the divers who successfully ended on Tuesday a mission that had gripped the attention of the world.

He said, "the kids are footballers so they have high immune systems". He said, "The situation went beyond just being a rescue mission and became a symbol of unity among man".

The second group freed on Monday were aged 12 to 14. The children would be in the hospital for up to 10 days, the doctor said, adding that they require 30 more days to recover at home.

According to an account given to the Guardian by three Australian divers involved in the mission, rescue workers were reportedly still inside when the pump failed, meaning water levels started to rise.

Narongsak Osatanakorn is the official who oversaw the rescue operation.

Tuesday, he tweeted from Thailand that he had been in the caves and that a mini-sub made from rocket parts and named "Wild Boar" after the boys' soccer team, was ready if needed and would be left in Thailand in case it could be of future use.

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