Four of the weakest boys have been plucked from the depths of the Thai cave so far.

While the initial plan was to start with the strongest boys, cave diver and anaesthetist Richard Harris, 53, from Adelaide, assessed the youngsters and their coach and that strategy appears to have been reversed, Thai media has reported.

Four boys have been successfully extricated from the cave, with rescuers taking advantage of low water levels, shares nine news.

It is understood the boys were able to wade through some sections of the underground labyrinth instead of diving.

Oxygen tanks are being refuelled as divers prepare to go in again in an estimated three to four hours.

Thai media reported one of the four boys was in a critical condition and a family friend told a reporter it was the weakest of the group, whose condition has since stabilised.

The boys aged 11 to 16 are members of the Mu Pa Academy Mae Sai football club and have been trapped inside the Tham Luang cave with their coach, Ekapol Chantawong, 25, since June 23.

The first boy out was Monhkhol Boonpiam, 13, known as Mark. The second boy was Prajak Sutham, known as Note.

Number three was Nattawoot Thakamsai, a 14-year-old asthma sufferer.

Lastly came Pipat Bodhu, 15, aka Nick, who was not even in the team but came along as a friend of the goalkeeper.

Eight other young players and their 25-year-old coach of the Wild Boars football team, remain in the cave possibly until tomorrow.

Commanders paused the mission overnight to replenish oxygen supplies and give the rescuers a break.

We hope to hear more good news soon of other boys coming out safely from the cave.

As the parents of the Thai soccer team anxiously wait news of their children, a series of heart-warming letters have been exchanged. 

Read more – Touching Letters to Family From Trapped Thai Soccer Team

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  • Had they left the weakest boys until last they may not have survived.


  • The boys and the coach are now all out of the cave and it is fantastic news! :)


  • Now five… but still so many to go. Let’s see what happens today.

    • It has been a moving story to follow and the outcome has been marvellous!


  • It’s so stressing to watch this rescue. It looks so dangerous. So glad to read that the first 4 kids are out. Now let’s cross our fingers for the last 8 and the coach. And let’s hope the weather doesn’t get worse.


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