Rescued boys from Thai cave generally healthy and smiling

Rescuers prepare to enter the caves

Rescuers prepare to enter the caves

Thai army has reported that the operations will be resumed on Tuesday, when the large rescue team of local and foreign divers will again venture into the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai for a third day, to attempt to bring out the four remaining boys and their coach.

The boys rescued so far are in good overall health despite spending two weeks in the dank cave system, said Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the ministry of public health, at a news conference in Chiang Rai. Relatives were able to see them through a glass partition, the governor said. The diver, the first fatality of the rescue effort, was working in a volunteer capacity and died on a mission to place air canisters along the passage to where the boys are, necessary for divers to safely travel the five- to six-hour route.

The operation on Tuesday moved quickly, raising hopes that all 12 boys and their adult coach from the Wild Boars soccer team would be at the surface by the end of the day.

"If, as we all hope, they are reunited with their families in the coming days and their health allows them to travel, Federation Internationale de Football Association would be delighted to invite them to attend the 2018 World Cup final in Moscow as our guests".

The four boys who were recovered on Sunday are now eating normal food, Jedsada said.

Also yesterday, July 9, in Thailand, rescuers completed the second phase of the special operation of evacuation of schoolchildren from the flooded caves in Chiang Rai province.

On Sunday, officials said it could "take days" to rescue the remaining boys and their coach.

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The leaders overseeing the desperate and risky rescue of 12 young soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave labyrinth in northern Thailand were only half joking when they quipped that success was in the hands of the rain god Phra Pirun.

But the boys have had experts on hand to navigate the tight passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents, with no light to guide the way.

"None of the eight boys has fever today", he added in the clearest update yet on the condition of the boys rescued from Tham Luang cave.

It could be at least seven days before they can be released from hospital, Jesada said.

That led an upbeat Narongsak to promise more "good news" on Monday afternoon that materialised a few hours later with the emergence of the other four.

"If we bring five we have to change the plan", he told reporters late on Monday.

Doctors expect them to remain in the hospital for at least a week.

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