New Delhi, July 7:  Four boys were evacuated safely from the cave in northern Thailand where 12 young footballers and their coach had been trapped for more than two weeks. The rescued boys were taken to a field hospital near the cave in Thailand’s northern Chiang Rai province. Helicopters were seen hovering above the cave site, reports Xinhua news agency. The boys were flown to the hospital by helicopters. Also Read - Thai Cave Boys to be Released From Hospital Next Week, Doctors Advise Against Media Interaction

Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osottanakorn met the rescued children and said that their health is “perfect”. If media reports are to be believed, next phase of rescue operation will start in 10-20 hours. Also Read - Thailand Cave: All Boys And Coach Rescued From Tham Luang Complex After Continuous Effort by Divers

Thirteen foreign cave diving experts entered the cave to launch the rescue operation at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The boys and their coach would be dived out of the flooded cave. The international rescue operation team included the Thai Navy SEALs and experts from the US, China, Australia and the UK. Medical teams will continue to monitor the boys’ health even as they remain trapped inside the cave.

Aged between 11-16, the boys, members of the Wild Boar soccer team went missing in the cave in Chiang Rai province on June 23. They have been trapped in a flooded Thai cave for nine days and were located on a small cliff about four kilometres away from the cave entrance when the search entered the ninth day on July 2.

(With agency inputs)