NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - An ambulance with flashing lights has left a cave complex in northern Thailand hours after the start of the second phase of an operation to rescue a youth soccer team trapped inside the flooded cave for more than two weeks.
FOX News reported that a fifth boy was rescued from the cave.
After the ambulance was seen leaving the complex at around 5 p.m. Monday, a helicopter took off. Authorities have said helicopters were ready to take cave evacuees to a hospital.
Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is heading the rescue, had said the second phase began at 11 a.m. Monday and authorities "hope to hear good news in the next few hours."
Eight people remained trapped in the cave, including the team's coach, after four boys were rescued on Sunday, the first day of the rescue operation.
With the Associated Press
FIFTH BOY OUT! 5th child has been removed from the Thai cave. @FoxNews reporter @Jeff_Journalist on the ground, pics of the hospital where child has been transported via helicopter #ThaiCaveRescue #ThailandCaveRescue @fox5ny https://t.co/PGMdGREriA— Liz Dahlem (@lizdahlem) July 9, 2018