Elon Musk showed at Thai cave rescue despite his 'impractical' sub

Blanche Robertson
July 12, 2018

The youngsters and their 25-year-old coach have been trapped for more than two weeks after heavy rains flooded the sprawling cave network, comprising caverns connected by tight passages.

A Thai well wisher puts a poster to pray for boys and their soccer coach who have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand Monday.

Tech inventor Elon Musk has developed a "tiny, kid-size submarine" that could help rescue the four boys and their soccer coach who remain trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand.

They are still being quarantined from their parents because of the risk of infection and will probably be kept in hospital for a week to undergo tests, officials said.

Officials lavished praise on the Thai and worldwide divers who, in pairs of two, executed the unsafe rescue mission, guiding the boys, who could barely swim and had no diving experience, through a treacherous 4-kilometer-long (2 1/2-mile) escape route that twisted and turned through the cavern.

Last Friday, an ex-Navy SEAL died while placing oxygen tanks along the 4.7-kilometer (2.9-mile) evacuation route.

Eight of the boys have been rescued so far, and rescuers are now gearing up to get the final four boys and their coach out. If the rain god helps us, then we may be able to work fast.

"I was in contact with the two Danish divers to let them know that we were there for them if they needed our support", Wolffhechel said. He wrote: "Amazing news that all of the Thai kids are out of the cave safely!"

"I want to take my friends to lunch and we will play football together", he told Reuters. "If I ask too much, he might not provide it".

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The mission to rescue the 12 boys and their football coach, who had become trapped in a series of caves in Thailand, continues today. "It is up to the diving team".

He said they got an earlier start than on the previous two rescue days, Sunday and Monday, and felt confident in the experience gained.

Their friends were full of optimism - and worry.

"Even when my friends have left the cave, I'm anxious about their physical well-being".

So the challenge for the children lies in keeping in keeping calm while remembering the minutiae of a new skill, Foisey said.

Rescuers began the operation at 4am United Kingdom time and are determined to get them out of the Tham Luang Cave in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand, before monsoon rains that could last until October make any evacuation impossible.

Heavy rains lashed the northern Thai region late Monday and a steady downpour has continued Tuesday.

Thailand's Navy SEAL commander says oxygen levels inside have dropped.

Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around their hospital beds.

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