Elite divers hauled 4 more young footballers out of a flooded Thai cave on Monday, July 9, authorities said, bringing to 8 the number saved in a stunning rescue mission but still leaving 5 others trapped.
The rescue of the first four boys - whose soccer team is known as the Wild Boars - brought cheers and optimism on Sunday, bolstering hopes that more of the boys can survive a complicated and hours-long process that includes the use of multiple divers and a system of air tanks stashed along the escape route.
Thai authorities said the four boys rescued from the cave are hungry but in good health.
Their friends were full of optimism - and worry.
A relative of one member of the soccer team said that the boys' families had agreed to remain at the cave until all of the boys and the coach are brought out.
Phuwadech Kamnguen, 14, said one of the boys, Chanin "Tun" Wiboonrungrueng, 11, is one of his best friends.
"Even when my friends have left the cave, I'm anxious about their physical well-being".
The search and rescue operation has riveted people both in Thailand and internationally, with journalists from across the globe traveling to this town along the border with Myanmar to report on the ordeal.
Workers have been laboring around the clock to pump water out of the cave, and officials said Monday that despite heavy downpours overnight, water levels inside the cave did not rise. "I believe they want to eat khao pad kaw pow [fried rice and basil]", Osatanakorn said.
James Massola, on the ground in Chiang Rai province, covered the press conference after the rescue was wrapped up for the night, and reported that rescue mission chief Narongsak Osotanakorn said the team was "getting used to the operation". After Monday's rescues, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha visited the eight freed boys in the hospital where they had been taken by helicopter.
"We have more expertise than yesterday", he said.
The photo, posted on the Thai Navy SEAL page on Sunday, and has received over 60,000 shares.
The other, and perhaps more worrying, was that oxygen levels in the complex were falling close to risky levels. It ended with their fighting cheer, adopted from the U.S. Navy: "Hooyah!"
The weather in Chiang Rai, Thailand, where the boys and their coach are trapped in a cave, is "actually quite dry", said CBS News foreign correspondent Ben Tracy.
According to a Guardian reporter, he said rescuers needed to "prepare equipment that will take another 20 hours".
Ultimately, however, there are so many unknowns, and it's hard to predict what pathogens, if any, the boys have been exposed to, Adalja said. But then oxygen started running low in the cave, and officials also anxious the little piece of real estate the boys and their coach have could be lost.