>> After more than two weeks trapped in a flooded cave, the first four boys from a Thai soccer team have emerged above ground, and were immediately transferred to hospital by helicopter and ambulance.>>
> 13 foreign divers and five members of Thailand's elite Navy Seals began a rescue operation on Sunday and successfully navigated the first four through dangerous flooded tunnels.
That news met with cheers on Sunday.>>
>> But there's still a way to go before all 12 boys, and their coach, are safe. Reuters' Panu Wongcha-um is at the cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai.>> We've been told that this operation could take up to three to four days, and we were told that they will gradually bring the boys out one by one with two divers per one of the trapped boys.
What we know also is that the authorities say they are racing against time and this is the perfect opportunity as the rain is about to arrive. And if they don't act now, they may have to reassess and the rescue operation may have to be delayed for a long time.
>> Rescue teams have rehearsed the mission for several days, and 13 medical teams were stationed outside the cave, each with their own helicopter and ambulance. As night fell, the operation to rescue the remaining eight boys and their their coach was called off until Monday morning. The rescuers needed at least ten hours to prepare for the next operation, in what continues to be a race against time and the weather.