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Rescue operation to save group trapped in flooded Thai cave begins

Thai medics and police officers evacuate the first two rescued schoolboys via helicopter after they extracted from the Tham Luang cave on Sunday (8 July) evening. (PHOTO: EPA)

PHOTOS: Operation to rescue group from flooded Thai cave begins

A risky rescue operation to save 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in northern Thailand was kicked off on Sunday (8 July) morning.

Five Thai and 13 foreign divers are involved in the mission, which will see each of the boys escorted by two divers through the cave’s dark and twisting flooded passageways.

Despite the weather conditions being on the rescuers’ side, it could take up to four days before all members of the group – who have been trapped inside the cave since 23 June – can be extracted.

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