All 12 boys and soccer coach rescued from Thai cave

By Brian Ries, Euan McKirdy, Hilary Whiteman and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 8:03 p.m. ET, July 10, 2018
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10:46 a.m. ET, July 8, 2018

4 things we learned from the Thai governor's press conference

From the transcript of Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osotthanakorn's press conference moments ago, we learned:

  • The operation went quickly: "The operation today went quicker than when we rehearsed, 10 minutes quicker."
  • We don't know the rescued boys' names, but they're safe: "We haven't confirmed the identity of the four boys and the rest, where they are now ... Four of them have been safely in doctor's hands at Prachanukroh Hospital."
  • The rescue teams: "We have 13 divers in the rescue team with an extra five Navy SEALs. There are 90 staff for the whole operation. Fifty are foreign staff divers, 40 Thai."
  • The kids wore face masks: The "method to get them out, all the boys are wearing full face mask and the rescue divers carried them out through the passage in the cave complex."
10:22 a.m. ET, July 8, 2018

Thai governor says evacuations took less time than it did in drills

Evacuations of four boys from a cave in northern Thailand took 10 minutes less than they did during practice, Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said in a press conference Sunday.

The governor said Sunday’s operation went smoothly but they would need to make sure all conditions were stable for the next phase of evacuations.

Rescue workers are scheduled to hold a strategy meeting late Sunday about remaining operations.

The governor said all boys were wearing full face masks for diving and were then carried out through the rest of the cave.

10:06 a.m. ET, July 8, 2018

Ambulances carrying rescued boys just arrived at Chiang Rai hospital

A member of the Thai police stationed outside Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital just told CNN that three ambulances carrying the rescued boys had safely arrived.

There was one boy in each ambulance.

Eve Tapanya from the Tourist Police said their condition was “not that bad," and, "They’re OK."

The hospital is about an hours drive from the cave. Doctors and nurses there have been preparing for days in anticipation of the rescue.

10:08 a.m. ET, July 8, 2018

Thai official says four boys were rescued wearing "full face masks"

A Thai official just held a press conference near the site of the cave, where he confirmed that four boys have been rescued by the team of divers and Thai Navy SEALs.

Describing the "very smooth operation," Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said the boys were rescued using full face masks. The first one was rescued about three hours ago.

He said the clock is continuing to tick for the remaining boys, and rescuers are going to focus on replacing the oxygen tanks so they can continue the operation.

He said he didn't know when they would be able resume getting out the boys, but he estimated in approximately 10 hours, but no more than 20.

9:17 a.m. ET, July 8, 2018

Trump tweets US is helping Thai government rescue boys from cave

The President just tweeted on the rescues:

9:16 a.m. ET, July 8, 2018

Video shows ambulances racing towards nearby hospital

CNN's Thai affiliate Spring News shot video that shows two ambulances racing to the hospital. Spring says the ambulances are holding two of the rescued boys.

9:05 a.m. ET, July 8, 2018

Thai Navy SEAL says 4 members of soccer team are out of the cave

The Thai Navy SEAL official Facebook page reports that four members of the Wild Boar soccer team are out of the cave.

A U.S. official briefed on the operation also confirmed to CNN that four boys were safely out of the cave.

Earlier a rescuer told CNN he had seen at least three.

This comes several hours after a team of 13 international cave diving experts and five Thai Navy SEALs entered the cave to begin the treacherous attempt to accompany the boys one by one through the flooded, narrow tunnels.

8:56 a.m. ET, July 8, 2018

Family of one boy says they are "half happy, half relieved" that rescue is underway

Nuttawut Takumsonh, one of the Wild Boar team trapped in the cave system.
Nuttawut Takumsonh, one of the Wild Boar team trapped in the cave system.

The family of 14-year-old Nuttawut Takumsonh are praying for their boy's safe return, and say they first thing they’ll do when he’s out is throw a birthday party for him.

His grandmother, Wankaew Pakhumma has been praying at a small shrine in their home, worrying and waiting for him to come back safely.

Wankaew Pakhumma has been praying at a shrine in her home for her grandson's safe return.
Wankaew Pakhumma has been praying at a shrine in her home for her grandson's safe return.

Pakhumma says she's "half happy, half relieved" that the boys have found, but says she's apprehensive that something will go wrong.

"I worry (that) the officials (won't) get them out safely."

8:55 a.m. ET, July 8, 2018

Breaking: Rescue team member saw at least three boys evacuated from cave

From CNN's Kocha Olarn & Jo Shelley

A member of the rescue team stationed at the entrance of the cave witnessed at least three boys evacuated out of the Thailand cave Sunday, as authorities race against time to free the boys and their soccer coach who have been underground for more than two weeks.

This comes several hours after a team of 13 international cave diving experts and five Thai Navy SEALs entered the cave to begin the treacherous attempt to accompany the boys one by one through the flooded, narrow tunnels.

Narongsak Osottanakorn, the governor of Chiang Rai province, said that in addition to the Thai team, the rescuers were from the US, Australia, China and Europe.

The rescue mission is far from over. To reach the boys, divers must navigate a series of dark, flooded tunnels for up to six hours. With the entire round trip taking roughly 11 hours to complete, it could be days before the entire group emerges.