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Two more ambulances leave site of Thai cave

AP  |  Mae Sai (Thailand) 

Two more ambulances have been seen leaving the site of a flooded cave in northern where young members of a team and their 25-year-old have been for more than two weeks.

That brings to three the number of ambulances that have left the site Monday during the second day of a high-risk operation to bring the boys out of a labyrinth cave system made up of tight passageways and flooded chambers.

Yesterday, teams of divers brought out four of the boys but waited several hours before confirming their safe rescue.

Authorities have been tightlipped about the progress of Monday's operation.

Thai authorities are being tight-lipped about who was inside an seen leaving the site of a flooded cave Monday, as they were the night before when four of the 13 people inside the underground complex were rescued.

Multiple calls to senior government officials and military personnel leading the operation to rescue the members of the youth team rang unanswered Monday evening.

Yesterday, officials waited until several hours after the rescued boys had been transported to hospitals to announce their rescue.

As of this morning, eight boys and their remained in the cave where they have been trapped by floods since June 23.

Thai public television has aired live video of a medivac helicopter landing close to a hospital in the city of Chiang Rai, near the site of the cave where a youth team has been trapped for more than two weeks.

Medics appeared to remove one person on a stretcher but hid the person's identity behind multiple white umbrellas. An was seen leaving the scene immediately afterward early Monday evening.

Less than an hour earlier, an with flashing lights had left the cave complex, hours after the start of the second phase of an operation to rescue the soccer team.

As of this morning, nine people remained trapped in the cave, including the 12-member team's coach, after four boys were rescued on Sunday, the first day of the rescue operation.

An ambulance with flashing lights has left a cave complex in northern hours after the start of the second phase of an operation to rescue a youth soccer team trapped inside the flooded cave for more than two weeks.

After the ambulance was seen leaving the complex at around 5 p.m. Monday, a helicopter took off. Authorities have said helicopters were ready to take cave evacuees to a hospital. It was unclear who was inside the ambulance or the helicopter.

acting Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is heading the rescue, had said the second phase began at 11 a.m. Monday and authorities "hope to hear good in the next few hours." Nine people remained trapped in the cave, including the team's coach, after four boys were rescued on Sunday, the first day of the rescue operation.

Thai authorities say they have resumedoperations to rescue members of a boys' soccer team trapped in a floodedcave after successfully getting four of the boys out Sunday.

They said the four boys already rescued are hungry but in good health in a hospital.

The second operation started at 11 a.m. local time Monday. It takes several hours.

Officials said at a conference that the parents of the rescued boys, whose names have not been released, have not yet been allowed to have physical contact with them, pending more extensive examination of their physical condition.

Eight boys are still inside the cave and along with the team The operation to get them out was supposed to resume only after new oxygen tanks could be placed along their route of escape, which is partially underwater.

Australia's says 19 Australian personnel are involved in the cave rescue operation including a doctor who's played an essential part in assessing which boys can leave and in what order.

told reporters in that is working with the Thai medical team inside the cave "to make the decisions about the order in which the boys were to be extracted."

Expert divers Sunday rescued four of 12 boys from a flooded cave in where they were trapped with their for more than two weeks. Crews will have to replenish air tanks along the route before rescuing the others.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 18:25 IST