At least four of a group of boys trapped inside a cave in northern Thailand for two weeks have been been brought out, say the Thai Navy Seals. Rescuers decided to go ahead with the hazardous operation on Sunday because of fears of rising waters. Divers are guiding the 12 boys and their coach through darkness and submerged passageways towards the mouth of the Tham Luang cave system.
They are being rescued in groups. It is unclear how long the mission will take. However, it is moving much faster than officials had earlier predicted. “The fourth Wild Boar is out of the cave,” said the Thai Navy Seals in a Facebook post, referring to the name of the boys’ football team. They said they were out by 19:47 local time (12:47 GMT).
The BBC’s Dan Johnson, who is at the scene, said doctors went to assess the boys on Saturday and decided on a priority list, sending the weakest out first.