Thai cave rescue underway to free 12 trapped boys and their soccer coach


Rescuers are hoping the first of the 12 boys trapped with their football coach inside a flooded cave in northern Thailand will emerge safely within the next few hours.

Thirteen foreign divers and five Thai Navy SEALs entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave at 10:00am (1:00pm AEST) on Sunday as dark monsoon rainclouds loomed over the mountains.

The entire rescue operation is expected to take two to four days, depending on the conditions inside the cavern.

Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue mission and Governor of Chiang Rai province, said the team members were "very ready" to come out of the cave.

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