First two boys reported to have been rescued from flooded Thailand caves
The rescue operation to free the other boys and their coach is still ongoing.
As reported early on Sunday morning, all media and non-emergency personnel have been removed from the site of the flooded cave system in Thailand were a group of boys and their soccer coach went missing 15 days ago.
The rescue mission was said to be put into effect today, with the first boy expected to be brought out of the cave system at around 3pm GMT, but early reports have indicated that two boys have been rescued at around 1pm GMT.
Local news services are giving details of ambulances and helicopters leaving the site area, and The Guardian are reporting that local officials have confirmed that the first two boys have been successfully taken out of the caves.
More details will follow once an official announcement has been made.
WATCH: BBC footage of ambulance leaving cave site amidst reports first boys from trapped football team have been rescued #thamluangcave #thamluang #ถ้ำหลวง #13ชีวิตติดถ้ำ #13ชีวิตรอดแล้ว #พาหมูป่ากลับบ้าน #ThailandCaveRescue pic.twitter.com/qu441ZuiJH
— Howard Johnson (@Howardrjohnson) July 8, 2018
A helicopter flies from #ThamLuang cave complex towards Chiang Rai's city centre following reports of first two boys successfully evacuated. They'll be sent to a hospital for medical care https://t.co/Nz93mYEwJj pic.twitter.com/WVRlAFlSMX
— Pichayada P. (@PichayadaCNA) July 8, 2018