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Thai cave rescue enters second phase

Posted in 09 July 2018

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Authorities in Thailand have begun the second phase of a rescue mission to extract nine members of a boys' football team trapped inside a flooded cave. The mission commander said he expects "good news in a few hours."

The second day of a delicate operation to rescue a Thai youth soccer team from a flooded cave began on Monday, officials said.

"The water level is low. The weather is good. The equipment is ready. So we decided to begin earlier than expected today," Narongsak Osottanakorn, the mission's chief, told a press briefing.

The announcement came a day after a group of rescuers brought four boys out of the cave in a dangerous operation that involved them diving through tight passages.

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