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Rescue crews ready themselves to go back into the cave

Rescue crews ready themselves to go back into the

Doctors attending to the eight boys who have been rescued from the cave in two groups of four on Sunday and Monday say they are generally in good health - an incredible result for the boys who have spent nine days incommunicado, without food, until they were found, and then waited days more before embarking on an hours-long dive that even the most skilled cave divers have described as among the most risky they have attempted.

"Two days, eight Boars", read a Facebook post by the Thai navy SEALS about the operation at the Tham Luan Nang Non cave that began Sunday, more than two weeks after the Wild Boars soccer team became trapped. The message, like most posted by the SEALs, ended with the fighting cheer adopted from the US Navy: Hooyah.

It was the second trip down the dark and narrow passageways for some of the rescue team members, according to The Guardian.

However the boys - aged between 12 and 16 - would remain in quarantine until doctors were sure they had not contracted any infections from inside the cave.

But the early signs were promising, with X-rays and blood tests showing just two had signs of pneumonia and that they were in a "normal state" after taking antibiotics, Jedsada said.

The first group has reportedly been allowed to eat chocolate and bread after requesting it.

Eight boys have so far been rescued from the cave, four on Sunday and another four on Monday.

Meanwhile, family and friends of the stricken group continued to dream of being reunited. Torrential rainfall and flooding cut off their escape route and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days. Relatives were able to see them through a glass partition, Narongsak said.

The boys' nightmare experience - trapped in claustrophobic darkness by rising waters - resonated across the globe, riveting people both in Thailand and internationally who anxiously watched the news coming from this town along the border with Myanmar.

Image: Rescue personnel in the Tham Luang cave complex.

"Water levels are the same like the last two days", he said, adding that rescue efforts were expected to faster than they had been before. He said rescuers told the parents that the "strongest children" would be brought out first. They eventually found a dry landing spot, where they waited for nine days before being found by two British divers.

Cave rescue experts have said they consider an underwater escape to be a last resort, especially with people untrained in diving. The rescue effort is slowed somewhat by the fact that the team must replenish supplies and oxygen tanks that line the 2.5-mile route out of the cave.

Musk also said that a second sub, which is apparently 30cm shorter than the first one designed, was nearly complete, meaning that more than one device would be available for the rescues.

There were several concerns that prompted authorities to move forward with the plan to dive the boys out. It is rainy season in Thailand at the moment, with torrential downpours that appear out of nowhere dominating the weather patterns.

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