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Thai cave rescue: Countdown to “good news” begins

Jul 09, 2018, 6:58 AM EDT
Four boys were brought out from the cave in the first phase and sent for medical attention.
(Source: SAKCHAI LALIT/https://www.afr.com)

The second phase of the rescue operation to extract the remaining eight boys and their coach from the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand resumed on Monday, with the chief of mission assuring distressed parents of “good news in hours” ahead.

The mission was halted overnight for replacement of air tanks in the vast cave network after divers brought four boys safely out of the chamber where the 13-member group has been trapped for over a fortnight, notes the BBC.

The rescued boys were “strong and safe” but they are under medical observation, kept apart from their families over infection concerns and need to be cleared of leptospirosis, a potentially fatal disease contracted by drinking contaminated water, reports Al Jazeera.