The insanely hazardous Thai cave rescue has started well

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Each of the boys will be accompanied by two divers.

An additional eight boys, ages 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach are still inside the Tham Luang cave, where they've been trapped by flood waters since June 23. Divers today evacuated six of the 12 boys and their football coach who were trapped at Tham Luang cave in Thailand's Chiang Rai province. This caused the rescue mission to be expedited.

"If we keep on waiting and the rains come in the next three or four days, our readiness will decrease", Narongsak said, according to the AP. Thirteen foreign divers and five Thai divers were taking part in the operation, the governor said.

Elon Musk wrote on Twitter that engineers from two of his companies, the aerospace manufacturer SpaceX and the tunnel-construction company Boring Company, were headed to Thailand to lend their assistance.

Rescue divers and the boys must dive, swim and climb their way to safety along a pitch-black tunnel that at points is barely big enough to allow an adult human body to wriggle through.

It is estimated that the boys and their coach are 1.24 miles from the mouth of the cave and about 0.6 miles below the surface. "Divers will work with doctors in the cave to examine each the kids' health to determine who should get to come out first", Narongsak said Sunday morning.

The rescue was carried out with the United States still coming to terms with Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which has seen young children and infants torn from their parents and sometimes placed in deportation proceedings.

The area outside the Chiang Rai hospital was cordoned off by police.

Thai media reported one of the four boys was in a critical condition and a family friend told a reporter it was Mongkol, the weakest of the group, whose condition has since stabilised. The other boys have not been identified yet. Thirty-five emergency doctors were on standby as the "exhausted" boys were flown by military helicopter or driven in ambulances to Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital.

A member of the rescue operation prepares a stretcher in a restricted area at the base camp near Tham Luang cave.

The Guardian reports that four boys have been rescued from the Thailand cave.

Sunday's mission actually went quicker than it had in rehearsals, Osotthanakorn said, which took place over the last three to four days.

The head of the rescue operation, Narongsak Osatanakorn, had earlier told reporters that "Today is D-Day".

Plans called for the boys to be placed in ambulances and given medical assessments.

Of the 13-strong foreign dive team - mainly from Europe - three will escort the children, while the remainder are positioned along the unsafe first kilometer stretch, where the boys will have to navigate through submerged passageways in some places no more than two feet (0.6 meter) wide.

On Friday, officials warned that oxygen levels in the cave dropped from 21% to 15%, complicating rescue efforts.

This week, a former Thai Navy SEAL died after passing out during the journey through the cave, and officials said some of the boys are in poor condition from their long stay in the cave.

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