All 12 boys and soccer coach rescued from Thai cave

3:39 a.m. ET, July 8, 2018

Boys love soccer, have been invited to World Cup final

This image of the boys emerged early in the search to find them. It shows the Wild Boar soccer team on one of their regular outings.

The boys live in Mae Sai, a small town in northern Thailand, very close to the border with Myanmar.

The boys, aged 11 to 16, love playing soccer and reportedly asked rescuers inside the cave about the World Cup.

In a letter to the Thai Football Association Thursday, FIFA president Gianni Infantino invited the boys to attend the World Cup final in Moscow.

If, as we all hope, they are reunited with their families in the coming days and their health allows them to travel, FIFA would be delighted to invite them to attend the 2018 World Cup final in Moscow as our guests. I sincerely hope that they will be able to join us at the final, which will be undoubtedly be a wonderful moment of communion and celebrations.

A letter sent by FIFA head Gianni Infantino to the Thai FA, inviting the Wild Boar team to the World Cup final, which is to be held Sunday July 15 in Moscow.

A letter sent by FIFA head Gianni Infantino to the Thai FA, inviting the Wild Boar team to the World Cup final, which is to be held Sunday July 15 in Moscow.

3:12 a.m. ET, July 8, 2018

Governor: Fight against 'water and time'

Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn speaks to journalists at a press conference Sunday morning.

Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn speaks to journalists at a press conference Sunday morning.

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Rescuers are not taking any chances with the boys' safety. The rescue mission to bring the boys and their coach out will be deliberate and methodical.

But Chiang Rai’s Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said says it's still a race against time.

"We have two obstacles; water and time. This what we have been racing against since day one.

"We have to do all we can, even though it is hard to fight the force of nature. All we need is a suitable time window, when all conditions are right to carry out the operation. We have been waiting for this right moment."

4:16 a.m. ET, July 8, 2018

United team ready to bring kids home

A post on the Royal Thai Navy SEAL Facebook page shows hands clasped together, with the caption "We the Thai Navy SEALS along with the international diver team, are ready to bring the soccer team home!"

It adds the word "Hooyah," which is the SEALs' battle cry; similar to the US Marines' famous shout of "Oorah."

A photo posted to the Royal Thai Navy SEALs page shows three interlocked wrists.

A photo posted to the Royal Thai Navy SEALs page shows three interlocked wrists.

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The rescue team is comprised of five SEAL divers and 13 international divers, Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said.

The earliest they're expected to emerge is 9 p.m. local (10 a.m. ET).

"They will come out separately. Each person will be escorted by two officers,” Osotthanakorn said.

It includes the two British divers who found the boys last Monday, a Thai Navy official said.

2:48 a.m. ET, July 8, 2018

Hospital prepares to accept boys

Already weak from spending more than two weeks underground, the boys are expected to be exhausted by the time they're brought out of the cave.

In recent days, rescuers and emergency workers have been staging drills outside the cave's entrance. An area has been cordoned off to clear the way for paramedics to wheel the boys out on stretchers.

Officials have announced that the road leading to Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital will be cleared from 3 p.m. Sunday to allow access for ambulances.

2:42 a.m. ET, July 8, 2018

Water levels low enough to walk out?

Rescue workers are seen at the Tham Luang cave area as operations continue to extract the 12 boys and their coach trapped in the cave.

Rescue workers are seen at the Tham Luang cave area as operations continue to extract the 12 boys and their coach trapped in the cave.

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Rescue teams have been constantly pumping water out of the cave system, in a race against time before the return of heavy rain forecast for Sunday.

Water levels in parts of the cave are now "low enough to walk through," said Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn.

In three of the main chambers -- Chambers One, Two and Three -- water levels have dropped significantly, and in "parts have receded as much as 30 cm (11.8 inches) -- considered the lowest level for the past 10 days," he said.

Divers are expected to escort the boys through the tunnels one by one. Once they reach the command center, the boys will be handed over separate specialist rescue teams, who will assist them through Chambers One and Two, according to a Thai navy official with knowledge of the rescue operation.

2:30 a.m. ET, July 8, 2018

How a lack of oxygen is affecting the Thai soccer team

This image, taken from video on July 2, shows the boys trapped in the cave.

This image, taken from video on July 2, shows the boys trapped in the cave.

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Low oxygen levels are adding extra urgency to efforts to get the boys out.

Deep underground and sealed in by the floodwaters, oxygen levels in the cave have plummeted dangerously low, to just 15%, Thai Navy Seal chief Rear Adm. Aphakorn Yoo-kongkaew said late last week.

According to the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the "optimal range" of oxygen needed in the air a person breathes in order to maintain normal function is between 19.5% and 23.5%.

Lower levels can result in hypoxia. Read more here.

2:03 a.m. ET, July 8, 2018

Official: Thai PM to travel to site Monday

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha checks a makeshift kitchen that supplies the rescuers on a trip to the site late last month.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha checks a makeshift kitchen that supplies the rescuers on a trip to the site late last month.

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Thai government spokesman Lt. Gen. Sansern Kaewkamnerd confirmed to CNN that the country's Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha, is traveling to the rescue site to meet the boys' families and to oversee the rescue operation.

He's expected to arrive July 9.