Six boys have now been rescued from the flooded Thailand cave
The fifth and sixth boys have been rescued from the flooded Thailand cave this morning.
Six of the 12 boys have now made their way out of the cave following a large-scale rescue operation led by 18 divers.
The boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their soccer coach became trapped in the Tham Luang cave complex on June 23. They were discovered alive by divers after nine days.
Local news reports that the fifth boy was brought out of the cave today and later transported to a hospital "on a stretcher" while the sixth boy was treated by medics at the field hospital.
Thai state TV aired footage of a helicopter this morning landing close to a hospital, Chiang Rai.
The fifth rescued boy is believed to be inside of the helicopter.
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The boys are being led through the cave's narrow and flooded passages via rope by experienced divers from the UK, the US, China, and others.
Thai authorities stated that the rescued boys had not yet had physical contact with their families due to fears of infection caught in the cave.
It is believed that the boys' families have been communicating with them through a glass partition in the hospital.
After being discovered by the divers, many of the boys in the cave reported that they did not know how to swim or dive.
Authorities have confirmed that the four boys rescued previously are in "good health."
The rescue mission is ongoing.