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Two ambulances were seen leaving the cave in northern Thailand hours after the operation began to rescue the trapped young soccer players.

The rescue operation is racing time and the weather during Thailand's rainy season.

The Thai government has confirmed that rescuers have managed to free four boys from the cave in Northern Thailand where they have been trapped for two weeks.

Divers have brought the boys "food, electrolyte drinks, drinking water, medicine and oxygen canisters", the AP reports.

A group of divers and Thai Navy SEALs rescued the four boys on Sunday in ten minutes less than they had practiced beforehand in what was called a "smooth operation" by Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn. Rescuers are able to walk deep into the cave, all the way to the "third chamber", which is around one mile away from where the boys are located. The water level would be zero during December or January, so this situation is absolutely impossible.

Mirza is the national coordinator of the National Cave Rescue Mission.

Two divers were to accompany each of the boys, all of whom have been learning to dive only since July 2, when the first searchers found them. Crews had been preparing to rescue them for several days.

Earlier in the day, Tossathep Boonthong, chief of Chiang Rai's health department, told Reuters that the first two kids had been taken to a field hospital near the cave.

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Previously, the entire round trip through the cave network was thought to take roughly 11 hours to complete, but efforts to drain the tunnels of flood water appear to have shortened the journey time by at least three and a half hours. Video by Kate Geraghty.

It was on his advice that the first four boys were cleared to make the incredibly unsafe journey out of the flooded cave complex, emerging alive on Sunday.

There, he split his time between working as a temple hand at a monastery and training the then newly established Moo Pa team. Steve George of CNN noted families were informed of the plan after the team had been trapped for 15 days. They posted that "the 4th Wild Boar is out of the cave" and was rescued at 7:47 p.m. local time.

He said the first rescued person is expected to be brought out of the cave by 9pm.

Thirteen medical teams - each with its own ambulance and helicopter - await the boys and their coach, according to Reuters.

Army General Chalonhchai Chaiyakam said the efforts to rescue all 12 boys and their coach could last two to four days, depending on water levels and weather conditions.

The boys, aged between 11 and 16, went missing with their 25-year-old coach after soccer practice on June 23, setting out on an adventure to explore the cave complex near the border with Myanmar and celebrate a boy's birthday.

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