They were 13 trapped in a flooded Thai cave for over two weeks.

They became trapped in a cramped chamber deep inside Tham Luang in a mountainous area of northern Thailand on June 23, when they went in after football practice and got caught behind rising waters.

Their plight transfixed Thailand and the rest of the world, as authorities struggled to devise a plan to get the boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach out.

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The first two emerged from the Tham Luang cave complex after navigating a treacherous escape route of more than four kilometres (2.5 miles) through twisting, narrow and jagged passageways.

"Two are out of the cave. Two more are likely to follow shortly," Lieutenant-General Kongcheep Tantrawanit told AFP, adding that the latter had reached a base camp inside the complex from where they could walk the rest of the way.

Authorities are racing against time to rescue the others as there is impending heavy rain fall, with possible worse flood.

"Today is the D-day. The boys are ready to face any challenges," rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters near the cave site on Sunday morning.

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