Trapped Soccer Boys Rescued from Thailand Cave

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Rescuers in Thailand have stunningly removed some of the boys trapped in a flooded, treacherous cave.

Four of the boys made an 8 hour trek — with the help of Thailand’s navy SEAL unit — scuba diving to safety.  The 4 boys were immediately taken to the hospital.  One was airlifted and the other 3 were taken by ambulance.

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The 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped underground in the cave for 16 days, and it seemed rescue efforts were stalled because of the difficulty of traversing a mile-and-a-half of water in narrow passages.  

The boys were taught how to scuba dive but it appeared as late as Saturday they were not ready to make the trip. Impending rains were threatening the remaining dry ground and Saturday night it seemed the rescue effort was accelerated.

Reuters is reporting 6 boys have been removed, but other outlets say 4. 

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