Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Half of the twelve boys rescued from Thai cave

Half of the twelve boys rescued from Thai cave

Rescuers didn't use Musk's ideas to get the first four boys out, but Musk tweeted that he's communicating with the Thai government and other experts on the submarine idea.

Musk came up with the idea to help rescue the youth soccer team trapped in a cave in Thailand.

Now, the rescue operation is now racing against the clock as heavy rains pound the area and the water is dangerously rising in the caves.

On day three, all of the remaining boys and their coach were rescued from the cave.

"Hopefully useful", said Musk.

The journey was harrowing: a more than one-mile dive through narrow passageways filled with muddy water that renders visibility close to zero and flows so fast in some places that even experienced divers have had to stop or turn back.

"Will continue testing in LA in case needed later or somewhere else in the future", he wrote.

In the rescues, two divers are being allocated for each boy to guide them through the exit route, one in front and one behind.

ABC News' Matt Gutman reports on the ongoing effort in Thailand to rescue the trapped soccer players and their coach.

"Today we managed to rescue and send back four children to Chiang Rai Prachanukrua Hospital safely".

Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda told reporters that the boys rescued Sunday are in hospital and doing fine but require thorough medical checks.

18 divers, 13 foreign and five from Thailand, reportedly entered the cave system at around 10am local time.

"All conditions are still as good as they were yesterday", Chiang Rai acting Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn said tonight. A third boy was reportedly freed at about 7:35 p.m. local time, and the fourth was rescued 12 minutes later.

Their escape led to an explosion of jubilation on social media in Thailand as the rescued boys were rushed to hospital.

It was not clear who was inside the ambulance or the helicopter.

In a letter of his own, coach Ekapol Chanthawong apologized to the boys' parents for the ordeal.

The twelve boys and their coach were discovered four kilometers into the cave complex by two British divers on July 2, nine days after they abandoned their bicycles and ventured inside only to become trapped by flood water.

"He added: "They can not decide how many of them will be able to come out for the first operation". The ordeal has riveted Thailand and made global headlines, and the search and rescue operation has involved worldwide experts and rescuers. Previously, the entire round trip through the cave network was thought to take about 11 hours. Operation chief Narongsak Osottanakorn said a total of 90 divers would be involved in the rescue mission, with 40 divers from Thailand, and 50 from overseas, including the United States, Australia, China, and Europe, according to the Washington Post.

"We need to refill", Mr Narongsak said. Those conditions won't last if the rain resumes, he said.

Earlier Sunday morning, Trump tweeted that the US government is working with Thailand's government in the rescue operation. Gen. Chalongchai Chaiyakam said.

Narongsak said some are well enough to ask for solid food. The operation began at 10 a.m. and he said it would take at least 11 hours for the first person to be rescued.

The ambulances then drove to a nearby helipad, and a helicopter which had been deployed there to take any extracted youngsters to hospital was seen taking off.

A frantic rescue mission was hatched in the week since they were found.

Initial euphoria over finding the boys alive quickly turned into deep anxiety as rescuers struggled to find a way to get them out.

Narongsak said the operation on Monday went more smoothly than on Sunday and took two hours less, adding, "We think tomorrow we will do better than today and will succeed 100 percent". So far, two boys have confirmed lung infections. The second boy came out 10 minutes later.

Cave rescue experts consider an underwater escape to be a last resort, especially with people untrained in diving.

Dozens of divers have arrived at the cave on Sunday morning. But rescuers were anxious that that would not be enough: on Friday, former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunan died from lack of air within the cave complex.

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