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you save second. >> always. that's it for abc 7 news at 5:00, thank you tonight, breaking news. the race against time. the first four boys from that soccer team pulled alive from the cave. airlifted, then rushed by ambulance to the hospital. as the life-threatening mission is far from over. inside the rescue. the treacherous terrain, the rain threat. and concerns about oxygen. plus, how they are outfitting those special dive masks for the boys, some who don't know how to swim. also tonight, the primetime pick. president trump, on the eve of a historic nomination to the supreme court. ready to announce his choice to a nationwide audience. what he just said moments ago about his shortlist. deadly disaster. dozens killed. families trapped on roofs. as the death toll rises with another day of flash flooding and landslides overseas. and, cop versus kids.
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the cell phone video raising questions about excessive force. an officer pointing a gun at a group of children, screaming profanities at him. how the city is responding tonight. good evening. thanks for joining us on a busy sunday night. i'm tom llamas. we begin with the race against time in thailand. with reason to celebrate tonight, but more life threatening work in the hours to come. this video just in, the first four boys have been rescued and rushed to the hospital. where they are being treated right now. rescue teams preparing to resume the dangerous work within the cave. with dive pairs attempting to escort each of the remaining eight boys and their coach to freedom. it's an ordeal that began 16 days ago. now, hope that the team of young soccer players will all be
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reunited with their families. james longman leads the coverage from outside the cave. >> reporter: four down. nine to go. tonight, the first critical stage of that rescue operation, a success. this new video showing army medics loading one of the boys into an ambulance on a stretcher. after 16 days trapped in that cave. teams urgently resupplying those tunnels with oxygen so divers can begin another grueling trek, to bring more of those trapped soccer players to safety. the first signs the day had finally come, a flurry of activity near the entrance clearing the camp. >> there's a real sense of momentum building now as we've seen more and more personnel arriving. moments later, the governor with the word. 10:00 a.m., the mission had begun. divers had entered the cave for the first evacuations. these children are strong, he said. they have been briefed on the plan and they are ready to come out. the frenzied preparations, helicopters in nearby fields. ambulances heading up the mountain. the hospital on standby.
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gurneys lined up. 18 divers making their way through that maze of rocky caverns and flooded passageways. two pairing with each boy for the arduous trip out. the world watching this dirt road, listening for sirens. the first ambulances are moving forward. that is the first ambulance. the whole world has been waiting to see this. the whole country. we believe that the first boys from that cave are in that ambulance. 5:40 p.m. local time, the first boy emerging from the cave. transported quickly by ambulance to a waiting helicopter to that hospital 35 miles away. the second boy following minutes later. that's now the third ambulance that we've seen. this is moving at quite a pace. i don't think anyone expected this. two more boys freed. word tonight, they moved the weakest boys first. back at camp bystanders applauding the exhausted rescue teams. "today we see the wild boars,"
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the governor announcing. celebrating the news, four members of that soccer team are safe. >> and james joining us now. you've been outside the cave for ten days now. as you know, this is still a critical situation. with concerns about oxygen levels and the weather. >> reporter: that's right, tom. it's rained almost continuously since the first boys were freed. rescuers will be hoping that won't hinder their progress. for the young boys and coach that remain in the cave, organizers say the whole process could take up to four days. tom? >> james, thank you so much. and the specially trained dive teams are preparing to retrace the nearly three-mile route to the boys. it's a painstaking process, complicated by winding caverns, pitch-black conditions, and new rains that could cause water levels to rise yet again. here's matt gutman with the treacherous work ahead.
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>> reporter: that rescue operation full of pitfalls. rescue squads like these trudging through miles of wet rock. they've been hauling away boulders from the cave's path. and using drills to chip away at the underwater surface. air tanks strapped on their backs as they wade through water, some nearly submerged, holding supplies in the air to keep them dry. the 90 divers in this convoy, exhausting crucial oxygen supplies. those giant pumps still working full throttle to drain millions of gallons of water. the water level down below, constantly measured. yesterday, we traveled to a nearby cave with a similar structure. imagine doing this under water. the other issue is, if this thing is filled with water, finding the actual hole is nearly impossible.
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to bring the remaining others out, the multinational crew of rescuers, guided by ropes and the light on their head lamps. as they make their way through a maze of flooded passageways and narrow tunnels, much of it under water. dozens of team members choreographing the rescue for days. even practicing putting full face masks on boys the same size as those stranded athletes. over the past several days, divers teaching the boys to swim and practicing going under water. preparing for the risky journey to safety. divers using a buddy system to get them out, two divers per boy, a tether holding the team together. the idea, reducing the risk of the boy getting lost in the fast flowing, dark waters. the exhausting trek as long as six hours to get to the boys and nearly the same to get out. the risks punctuated by the death thursday of a thai navy
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s.e.a.l. who ran out of air in one of the flooded caverns. the local thai governor saying he hopes the mission can be completed in three to four days before the monsoon rains intensify, possibly reflooding the caves. erasing the progress that's allowed them to attempt this rescue. >> matt, we can't stress enough how dangerous this all is. some of these boys don't know how to swim. and they'll have to take part in a complicated cave dive to get out alive. >> reporter: that's right. divers say the journey in leaves them as breathless as if they've climbed mt. everest. and they say the water at times is so murky, you can't see the flashlight in front of their face. that rock as jagged and sharp as broken glass. now, imagine, after 16 days of starvation, and this being their first dive, it's truly a remarkable feat, the rescue. tom? >> remarkable is right. thank you, matt. and the four boys that have been rescued are being treated by doctors. carried out by stretcher,
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airlifted. the ambulances racing to the hospital. the task now is to make sure those that have been freed get the help they need. here's adrienne bankert, at the hospital. >> reporter: tonight, thai authorities racing to provide medical treatment to those first boys pulled out alive. we see police come through, and one ambulance coming through. a couple more police vehicles right now. the four arriving at the hospital with a military escort. now in this hospital, with a floor dedicated to treatment away from the cave they spent more than two weeks inside. >> how many of you? >> 13. >> 13? brilliant! >> reporter: the boys found nearly huddled together surrounded by murky waters in complete darkness for ten days before the first divers reached them. since then rescuers have been desperately working to get them food, water, and medical supplies. trying to build back their strength as they prepared for the audacious rescue. the boys given blankets to
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combat hypothermia, rescuers administering iodine to their various cuts and scrapes to prevent infection. >> to be without food and a lot of water for nine days makes you pretty weak. so it's a period of deconditioning which the boys need to overcome. >> reporter: oxygen levels inside the cave, a dangerously low 17%. the risk of the remaining boys developing hypoxia, a condition brought on by low oxygen, all too real. the road to recovery a long one for the four now at the hospital. making sure the remaining inside are strong enough, the top priority, before they embark on their dangerous dive out. >> adrienne, joining us now live. we're getting new details about how the boys are being cared for and their medical evaluations? >> reporter: yes, doctors likely say they will be tested for any number of infections, including cave disease, which affects the lungs.
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and also treated for any mental or emotional issues, including ptsd. tom? >> adrienne, thank you. much more on the rescue later in the broadcast. but we turn to politics, and the president on the eve of an important supreme court announcement. the president with the first lady, heading back this afternoon to the white house from new jersey. telling reporters his shortlist and that you can't go wrong with any of them. but some republicans are weighing in, and whatever the pick, democrats are ready for a fight. here's david wright. >> reporter: tonight, the president getting ready to board air force one, said he hasn't yet settled on his supreme court pick. >> let's say it's the four people. they're excellent, every one. you can't go wrong. but i'm getting close to making a final decision. >> reporter: one of these four judges could tip the balance for a generation. >> we're in an extraordinary time.
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this next nominee will be the swing vote to overturn roe v. wade. >> reporter: the 1973 decision that legalized abortion is just one of many issues that hangs in the balance. but it's a big one. judge brett kavanaugh was asked about it at his confirmation hearings to the d.c. court of appeals. >> i would follow roe v. wade faithfully and fully. that would be binding precedent of the court. >> reporter: that may be one reason why senator mitch mcconnell reportedly says kavanaugh might have a tough time being confirmed. judge raymond kethledge has never spoken publicly about his views on roe v. wade. neither has judge thomas hardiman. judge amy coney barrett has said she would have no interest in challenging the overall precedent of roe v. wade. but says she could envision the scope of abortion rights changing. she's a devout catholic, with seven children, two of them adopted from haiti. >> my personal church affiliation or my religious belief would not bear in the discharge of my duties as a judge.
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>> reporter: it's the president's decision. but whoever he picks must be confirmed by the senate. >> they're good judges. i think they'd be fine justices of the supreme court. i think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here. >> reporter: once the president makes his final decision, it will be up to the white house counsel's office to shepherd this nomination through. over in the senate, the democrats don't have the numbers to hold this up. their only hope would be to flip one or two moderate republicans. but they would have to keep all democrats from breaking ranks. and that's a long shot. tom? >> david, thank you. and we will have complete abc news coverage tomorrow night in primetime, as the president announces his pick at 9:00 p.m. atnd nor korea. after the north described u.s. demands to denuclearize as gangster-like. secretary of state mike pompeo responding. if that's true, then the world is a gangster. tara palmeri is traveling with him in vietnam.
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>> reporter: tonight, secretary of state mike pompeo drawing a line in the sand. telling the north koreans if they think his demands for denuclearization are gangster-like, he's got plenty of company. >> if those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster. >> reporter: pompeo still insists that this weekend's talks had north korea reaffirming its commitment to complete denuclearization. this, despite that staggering statement released after his departure, calling u.s. talking points "cancerous" and "deeply regrettable." >> the road ahead will be difficult and challenging and we know critics will try to minimize the work that we've achieved. >> reporter: while the president has maintained extreme confidence in the deal he and kim signed in the historic summit, north korea has yet to deliver on its end. reports claim they have expanded their missile testing facility rather than dismantling them. and there was kim's pledge to return the remains of war heroes. >> he gave us the remains of our
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great heroes. they're giving them back. nobody thought that was possible. >> reporter: but that too has yet to be honored. president trump on the other hand did end military exercises known as war games, even using north korea's language to describe them. >> i wanted to stop the war games. i thought they were very provocative. >> reporter: secretary of state pompeo did maintain a hard line on the current sanctions against north korea, saying they will be enforced with great vigor. >> tara, thank you. now to dangerous weather on both coasts tonight. triple-digit temperatures and dry conditions fueling wildfires in the west. some mandatory evacuations remain in place for santa barbara county's holiday fire. at least ten homes destroyed there. in the east coast, a tropical storm churning. rip current warnings up and down the carolina beaches. here's ginger zee. >> reporter: we're baking in the southwest. behind me, a severe thunderstorm
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moving towards las vegas. but the heat, not breaking. 99, redding. 98, sacramento. 105, phoenix. the moisture pushing in. and this is a concern because we have burn scars in areas that are so parched, it could cause flash flooding. in the atlantic, we're watching what's left of beryl, with flash flood watches, and chris, should become a hurricane, but the only impacts to the united states should be in the way of rip currents. >> ginger, thank you. still ahead, the disturbing moment caught on camera. little kids screaming profanities at a police officer, who pulls a gun on them. what the department is saying tonight. plus, the helicopter crash. smoke and flames engulfing a neighborhood. and the urgent rescues under way in japan. devastating landslides and floods. families forced to rooftops for safety. millions urged to evacuate. stay with us.
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their abandoned bicycles sparking a desperate and difficult search. we watched their parents day after day, never giving up hope their sons would be returned. their unwavering faith keeping vigil outside the cave. the news those boys were found alive, energizing the brave rescuers who hail from all over the world. despite the dangers they faced and the sacrifice it demanded, their mission was clear from the beginning -- bring the boys home. tonight, relief that four are safe. as those waiting for more news hold onto those messages from the boys. written from inside the cave on notebook paper. dom writing, "i'm doing fine," only 13 years old. but showing his resilience. and from his teammate pong, a message to his parents. "don't worry, i'm safe. i love you all." the whole world watching, and hoping for continued success. we will have urgent updates here and online at abcnews.com. i'm tom llamas in new york. "gma" first thing in the morning.
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david muir right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. tonight on abc 7 news at 6:00, a train and car collide killing two in the south bay. a risky rescue is working so far but there is still danger ahead. and another brush fire in the east bay. authorities say they believe they know the cause. abc 7 news at 6:00 starts now. a car mangled and a train derailed. tonight new surveillance video of the violent collision. good evening and thanks for joining us. the collision between the light rail, vta train and car happened on lincoln avenue west of downtown. lillian? >> reporter: dion, the aftermath is just horrific. the vehicle unrecognizable as it
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was badly mangled from the collision. it looks like investigators are going to be here for a while. security video caught the collision on camera. it happened at around 12:30 p.m. san jose police say a gold buick was going south on lincoln avenue when it drove across the arms and was struck. the driver of the buick and his male passenger died at the scene. the roughly 20 passengers and operator onboard the train suffered no injuries. customers at the brewery were shaken by what they saw. >> like an extremely loud noise. it lasted a really long time, and we looked out and there was just the debris flying. >> we've got? service impacts. right now we're having a bus bridge between our convention center

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