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Second phase of Thai cave rescue operation underway

AP  |  Mae Sai 

Thai authorities said the second phase of the operation to a youth soccer team in a flooded cave was underway Monday, a day after four boys were pulled from the complex after more than two weeks underground.

acting Gov said the second phase began at 11 am and authorities "hope to hear good in the next few hours." Nine people remain in the cave.

Authorities have been rushing to extract the boys, ages 11-16, and their from the cave as monsoon rains bore down on the mountainous region in far northern province. Authorities said heavy downpours overnight did not raise water levels in the cave, where workers continue to pump water out.

The four boys pulled from the cave Sunday in an urgent and dangerous operation that involved them diving through the cave's tight and twisting passages were in good health. Still, they were undergoing medical checks in a hospital and were not yet allowed close contact with relatives due to fear of infections, who were able to see them through a glass partition.

had said early Monday that the same divers who took part in Sunday's would return to extricate the others as they know the cave conditions and what to do. He had said fresh air tanks needed to be laid along the underwater route.

was scheduled to visit the site later today.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 15:00 IST