Elon Musk Tests 'Kid-Sized Submarine' For Thai Cave Rescue

Four were rescued over the weekend.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha paid a visit to all the rescue teams on Monday before leaving to see the evacuees at the hospital in the city centre.

Narongsak described Sunday's initial rescue bid as "D-Day" when it was launched, and there were fears that any one of many potential pitfalls could prove deadly.

A press briefing was to be held shortly.

His updates came after United States and Thai officials confirmed Sunday that four boys had been rescued from a flooded cave network after spending 15 days trapped along with their soccer team and coach.

Narongsak said after the first four boys were rescued that they would be quarantined "for a while because we are concerned about infections". Previously, the entire round trip through the cave network was thought to take about 11 hours.

At a news conference, Jedsada Chokdumrongsuk, permanent secretary at the Public Health Ministry, said the first four boys rescued, aged 12 to 16, are now able to eat normal food. The boys have reportedly yet to meet their families, though a senior official told The Guardian that they could be reunited on Monday night.

"Today was the best situation - in terms of the children's health, water and our rescue readiness", said Mr Narongsak, now governor of Phayao province but still head of the joint command centre coordinating the rescue.

Officials heading the rescue operation had said they were preparing a third rescue mission. They became trapped in the cave after heavy rain flooded the passageways inside. A medic and three Thai Navy SEALs who have stayed with the boys on a small, dry shelf deep in the flooded cave will also come out, he said. Pairs of divers shepherded the boys on the long and painstaking journey out of the cave, navigating muddy and silty water through tight passages.

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Thirteen global divers and five Thai Navy SEALs are involved in the operation.

Musk willingness to help manifested itself since last week, when he said he will be sending a Boring company team to the site.

Four were extracted from the cave on the first day of the rescue operation, while another four were brought out on Monday.

A Royal Thai Police helicopter carrying rescued schoolboys lands at a military airport in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 8, 2018.

It appears that the team were going into the cave as part of an initiation ceremony which tasked the boys with reaching the end of the cave and returning having written their names on the far wall.

Four boys and their coach remained inside the cave. Seven boys remain trapped inside with their coach.

Dr. Harris on Saturday undertook the risky dive to reach the 12 Thai boys and their coach and later gave the final approval on the boys' health, clearing the way for the rescue attempt which commenced yesterday and succeed in bringing out four of the survivors, the paper reported.

The cave complex is off-limits during the rainy season, which usually runs from May to October, when downpours can quickly flood it.

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