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Rescuers raced to save the four young footballers and their coach who remain trapped in a flooded Tham Luang cave on Tuesday, as heavy rains threatened an already perilous escape mission that has seen eight of the boys extracted in "good health".

"Hooyah", the Thai Navy SEALs, who have played a crucial role in the against-the-odds operation, said in a Facebook post as they announced that a total of eight members of the "Wild Boars" football team had been rescued on Sunday and Monday.

Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the ministry of public health, said: "All eight rescued boys today are in good health, none have a fever".

If medical tests show no dangers, after another two days parents will be able to enter the isolation area dressed in sterilized clothing and staying 2 meters away from the boys, said Tosthep Bunthong, Chiang Rai Public Health Chief.

One of soccer's most popular teams, Manchester United, expressed its relief over the rescue and invited the boys and their coach, as well as those who saved them, to come see the team play on their home ground this season. So far, divers have rescued four additional boys, which leaves four more and their soccer coach to go. We always knew they would be alive.

Rescue efforts bore fruit on Sunday as four of the children were pulled from the ordeal, while an additional four were added to the rescue tally on Monday.

Rescued schoolboys are moved from a military helicopter to an awaiting ambulance at a military airport in Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 9, 2018.

The Thai soccer team ventured into the Tham Luang cave complex after practice and became trapped by rising waters more than a fortnight ago. Last week, a former Thai navy diver died while preparing for the operation.

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VideoOne of the divers on the rescue team in Thailand explains the difficulty of getting the boys out.

But the boys have had experts on hand to navigate the tight passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents, with no light to guide the way.

The group were discovered by British divers 10 days later and rescue operations have been accelerated after further monsoon conditions were predicted.

Before resuming the rescue Monday, officials said they hoped to free all the boys by the end of the day, according to ABC News.

So the challenge for the children lies in keeping in keeping calm while remembering the minutiae of a new skill, Foisey said.

"If we bring five we have to change the plan", he told reporters late on Monday.

"Doctors have treated the boys and now all of them are okay and cheerful".

Indeed, news of the boys' plight reached all corners of the globe, with Federation Internationale de Football Association chief Gianni Infantino having pledged to invite the Wild Boar Academy to the World Cup final if they are deemed well enough to make the trip.

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