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First boys rescued from cave healthy, demand fried rice in hospital

First boys rescued from cave healthy, demand fried rice in hospital

Four boys and their 25-year-old soccer coach remain deep in the cave, an ordeal that has lasted more than two weeks after they were trapped inside by floods.

An Australian doctor is at the center of the ongoing attempt to rescue the young soccer players and their coach trapped in the Tham Luang cave in Thailand's northern Chiang Rai Province. "They are now at the field hospital near the cave", Tossathep Boonthong, chief of the health department in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, told Reuters.

Four of the boys were safely rescued on Sunday after rescuers carried out a risky operation, amid fears the waters will rise again to a unsafe level.

He was taken by helicopter and ambulance to the same hospital in Chiang Rai where the first four boys rescued Sunday by a team of global and Thai dive experts are being treated.

Paojinda said officials met Monday morning to discuss the next stage of the operation and how to extract the remaining nine people from the flooded cave.

After the four boys were removed from the cave, heavy rain started falling. "From what I've seen in the clip, they did look skinny", he said.

The death Friday of a former Thai navy SEAL underscored the risks.

It had been assumed that the four extracted yesterday were boys, but it emerged that the fourth person taken out was the coach, Mr Ekapol.

Thirteen divers and five Thai Navy SEALs are involved in the operation, in which the trapped team must walk or wade through muddy areas of the winding cave and rising waters.

Among these were that none of the boys had scuba diving experience, and that they could easily panic while swimming underwater across twisted passageways in darkness.

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The final four boys and the coach are en route to join the rest of the team in hospital, where they are being treated in isolation.

Narongsak said the first four rescued boys had not been identified out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped, adding that the boys were being kept away from their parents due to fear of infection.

The Wild Boars and their coach became trapped on June 23 when they set out to explore the vast cave complex after soccer practice, when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.

So far those who have been released have been rushed off to hospital, and the most recent boys to make it out have been stretchered off.

The identities of four boys rescued from a Thai cave on Sunday evening have not even been revealed to their own parents.

Osotthanakorn said the rescued boys would stay isolated to ensure that they were healthy, but that they had a strong appetite, and were asking for a Thai dish of beef with basil and chili. Rescue mission commander Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters that after being rescued they were in good spirits but hungry, specifically requesting pad kra pao.

"I'm hoping for good news today".

One boy asked for a fried chicken dinner.

"No hugging" or "touching" would be allowed between the boys and their relatives, however, until all medical tests are completed, the official said.


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