Elon Musk's Mini-Submarine Sits Out of Thai Cave Rescue Effort

Jul 11, 2018, 02:57
Elon Musk's Mini-Submarine Sits Out of Thai Cave Rescue Effort

The four boys rescued first are "well, they're up and about", Sky News' southeast Asia correspondent, Siobhan Robbins, said.

Boys from the youth soccer team trapped inside Tham Luang cave greet members of the Thai rescue team in Chiang Rai, Thailand, in this still image taken from a July 3, 2018 video by Thai Navy Seal.

Musk and his team of engineers at SpaceX and The Boring Co. designed and built a mini-submarine to help rescue a soccer team of 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach.

The three Royal Thai Navy SEAL divers and medics who stayed in the cave with the boys and coach since they were located on July 2.

They were trapped in the cave that became flooded by monsoon rains while they were exploring it after a soccer practice on June 23.

Eight of the boys were brought out on stretchers over the first two days - four on Sunday and four on Monday. "Everyone is in high spirits and is happy to get out". British Prime Minister Theresa May, Iceland's prime minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong were among other world leaders who commended the rescue team on social media.

Hours after the rescue was confirmed, President Trump tweeted his congratulations, adding, "Such a attractive moment - all freed, great job!"

"Doctors have treated the boys, and now all of them are OK and cheerful and are talking normally", said Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the Thai Ministry of Public Health.

Staff previously said their first assessments would focus on the boys' breathing and signs of hypothermia, as well as a potentially fatal lung infection known as cave disease.

"I want to tell the coach thank you so much for helping the boys survive this long", said one Chiang Rai woman wearing a traditional dress, tears brimming in her eyes.

They were trapped by floods more than two weeks ago.

Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue mission, confirmed on Monday: "All four boys have arrived at hospital, all are safe".

"They are diving in something considered (an) extremely hazardous environment in zero visibility, the only light that is in there is the torch light we bring". "Such a handsome moment - all freed, great job!"

The rescued boys had not been identified out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped, officials had said.

A foreign diver involved in the mission to save 12 boys and their football coach from a flooded Thai cave has hailed the children as "incredibly strong", and described their treacherous escape journey as unprecedented.

A message posted on the English Premier League club's Twitter account said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected".

Another four boys were rescued Monday. (The Wild Boars is the name of the kids' soccer team).

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