RESCUE: More brought out of Thai cave, fears of infection

RESCUE: More brought out of Thai cave, fears of infection

The second rescue involved numerous same divers who evacuated the first four boys Sunday, former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn told reporters.

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.

Finally, Elon Musk tasked SpaceX engineers with crafting a special tiny submarine that could be used during the rescue, and the tech guru says the device is operational.

The billionaire entrepreneur has been tweeting proposals and offering his services to the Thai government in its efforts to extract the 12 boys and their soccer coach from a partially flooded cave. The search and rescue operation has involved dozens of global experts and rescuers, including a United States military team. "Good night. Hooyah." The boys and their coach, whose team is known as the Wild Boars, became stranded when they were exploring the cave after a practice game on June 23.

CNN reported that the rescue operation had resumed. "Not wise questions to ask", Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha told reporters in Bangkok on Monday morning when asked about the conditions of the four.

Extracting everyone could take four days, but Sunday's success raised hopes that could be done.

Although weak, they are largely in good health, authorities have said.

"The fact that it took so many hours underscores how precarious this whole mission is", she said.

The story of the boys and their novice monk-turned-soccer coach from this small town on the Thai-Myanmar border - remarkably found alive nine days after they went missing June 23 - launched an worldwide rescue effort and intricate planning on how to maneuver all 13 safely through the narrow passageways and ink-black waters.


"Adolescents are especially social creatures, and having friends with them as well as their coach would be a tremendous help", said David Spiegel, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University's medical school.

Thailand officials have not released the names of the boys rescued, so as not to upset the parents of any child still trapped. He added that the rescue mission today was the "best situation". That brought the total number of boys rescued to five. Four boys and their coach remained inside the cave.

The mission was paused overnight on Sunday for air tanks to be replaced.

"The four children are well at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital".

When it was realised that the boys were in the cave system, divers began the process of trying to find them in the enormous area. Highlighting the extreme dangers, a former Thai Navy SEAL died Friday while replenishing the oxygen canisters placed along the route to the boys' damp refuge.

Thailand cave rescue: How did they get trapped? Each boy is being accompanied by two divers and it takes hours to negotiate the flooded tunnels through the dark, murky water.

Four of the boys' teammates and Thai dive experts were flown to the same hospital for treatment the day before.

"This morning they said they were hungry and wanted to eat khao pad grapao", Narongsak said, referring to a Thai dish of meat fried with chili and basil and served over rice.

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