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Thailand — As of Monday morning, eight of the trapped Wild Boars soccer team members in Thailand have been rescued.

According to the AP, Monday’s mission involved 18 divers from Thailand and other countries. Four boys were rescued on Sunday, with an additional four taken out of the cave this morning. All of them were transported to a hospital in Chiang Rai, where they are undergoing evaluation. Because of the risk of infections, the children may only interact with family from behind a protective glass partition for now.

The boys and their coach have been learning the basics of diving since July 2, when they were found, as none of them had previous experience. Each person is escorted by two professional divers.

Authorities worried about the safety of the untrained soccer team, and diving out originally was considered a last resort. However, the monsoon season and extremely low oxygen levels have hastened the need to remove everyone as quickly as possible.

UPDATE: All 12 boys and their coach have been rescued.

 

Lamar Green

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