A rescue team has recently been working around the clock to figure out how to free 13 individuals- 12 of them children -who have been trapped in a cave in Thailand.

Thus far, eight survivors have been saved. Four children were rescued on Monday, sources say.

The group, comprised of twelve young boys and their soccer coach, has now been trapped in the cave for a grueling seventeen days. However, good news may be on the horizon. The leader of the rescue operation, Narongsak Osatanakorn, believes that his team can get the remaining individuals out of the cave by Tuesday.

“We think we can do better again tomorrow, and we will succeed – 100 percent,” Osatanakorn stated.

The third phase of the rescue mission will commence after about fifteen hours. During this time, oxygen tanks will be refilled, and the rescue team will get some much-needed rest.

All of the rescued survivors have received medical treatment at a hospital in Chiang Rai. Although this event will most likely have a lasting impact mentally, the children’s physical health is not in any imminent danger.

More updates on the situation will come as details become available.


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