"We hope they are coming out today". Two more to follow close behind.
Authorities in northern Chiang Rai province began the unsafe mission to bring out the 12 boys and their coach earlier on Sunday.
The 12 schoolboys and their football coach have been trapped in the Tham Luang cave complex since Jun 23, after entering the cave during heavy rains after football practice. Officials had said earlier that helicopters were on standby to take anyone rescued from Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province to a hospital.
"We're ready for the operation today", said Narongsak, who said the weather and the water levels in the cave are good.
Crews launched an operation to rescue the boys and their coach Sunday morning.
Mirza is the national coordinator of the National Cave Rescue Mission.
"And really when you look at the long-term forecast, it really extends the next 7 to 10 days", she said. The search and rescue operation has involved dozens of global experts and rescuers, including a USA military team.
"The U.S.is working very closely with the Government of Thailand to help get all of the children out of the cave and to safety", Trump wrote on Sunday.
The boys and the coach will dive out of the cave one at a time, each accompanied by a member of a team of global and Thai divers.
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It is estimated that the boys and their coach are 1.24 miles from the mouth of the cave and about 0.6 miles below the surface.
The initial search was conducted by military divers, who were later joined by a group of 30 personnel of the United States Pacific Command and British cave diving rescue experts Richard Stanton, John Volanthen, and Robert Harper.
A nearby hospital has an entire floor cleared for the boys, the report says. The other boys have not been identified yet.
Rescue workers are seen at the Tham Luang cave. Two drivers will accompany each boy being taken out.
The rescued four boys are at a hospital near the cave.
"Now and in the next three or four days, the conditions are flawless (for evacuation) in terms of the water, the weather and the boys' health", Narongsak told reporters.
As of last night, even the parents of the boys had not been told who had been rescued, one mother told our reporter Michael Safi.
Of the 13-strong foreign dive team - mainly from Europe - three were escorting the children, while the remainder were positioned along the unsafe first kilometre stretch, where the boys will have to navigate through submerged passageways in some places no more than two feet (0.6 metre) wide.
The plan was attacked as too risky, but fearless rescuers forged ahead to save the first four of 12 boys trapped in a Thai cave as torrential rains hit the region. The oxygen level in the cave was about 15 percent on Friday, The New York Times reported that a Thai navy commander said.