Four more boys rescued from cave in Thailand

Following the rescue of four boys from the cave in northern Thailand on Sunday, another four boys have been rescued on Monday (overnight NZ time), with an attempt to rescue the remaining four boys and their coach on Tuesday.

Stuff: Four more Thai football team members freed in second cave rescue operation

Four more members of the Thai “Wild Boar” football team have been saved from the Tham Luang cave complex after another extraordinary day’s rescue effort in north-western Thailand.

The boys, guided to freedom by a diving team of 18 people that included both Thai navy SEALs and a specialist international dive team, emerged over three hours from about 4.30pm local time (9.30pm NZ Time).

The boys were transferred by ambulance, one-by-one, to a field hospital near the cave for an immediate medical assessment before being taken to the Chiang Rai hospital by a combination of helicopters and ambulances.

That means just five people remain in the cave and opens up the prospect of that quintet being evacuated as soon as Tuesday and this incredible effort drawing to a close.

The second dramatic rescue operation began on Monday at 11am local time (4pm NZT), 16 days after the team first went missing 3.2 kilometres deep inside the cave complex, while anxious relatives endured another agonising day.

Forecast monsoon rains have not yet eventuated, taking a bit of time pressure off the rescue.

So this is more good news.