Several of the soccer kids who have been trapped for days in a flooded cave in Thailand are now safe after a daring rescue.
Heroic divers took several hours to raise four of the 12 boys to safety in the crisis that has riveted the world.
Many cried tears of joy at the news.
The freed children are being treated in a hospital, and now that there are heavy rains, Thai authorities have said they will have to wait at least another ten hours to attempt more rescues.
The kids had been trapped in the cave for more than two weeks, and the eight remaining boys and their coach remain in peril. However, according to the AP, the head of the rescue operation said it was going “better than expected.”
The boys, who range in age from 11 to 16, were caught in the Thai cave along with their 25-year-old soccer teacher after they went exploring after a practice game on June 23.
Tragically, monsoon rains hit, which cut off their escape path to leave the cave. Rescuers couldn't locate them for almost ten days. The kids were able to send up heartrending letters to loved ones during the ordeal. One boy wrote, "Mum and dad, don’t worry about me."
The boys’ coach also wrote a letter to the families of the young soccer players.
In the letter, he issued a humbling apology and vowed look after their loved ones "to the best of his ability."
Officials have said that 13 foreign and five Thai divers were taking part in the rescue and that two divers would accompany each boy as they’re gradually extracted.
They face dark and tight passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents, as well as oxygen-depleted air.
Sadly, on Friday, a former Thai navy SEAL died trying to dive to save the children.
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