Elon Musk Sends Mini Submarine to Rescue Boys Trapped in Thai Cave

Four boys rescued from Thailand cave; rescue efforts will continue tonight

"The eighth person is out and the operation is done for today", Sitthichai Klangpattana, flag officer to Thailand's navy SEAL commander, told The Associated Press.

That said, some of the health problems the boys could develop in the caves might have less-exotic origins.

Four more boys were rescued overnight after the first four emerged yesterday.

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.

After garnering headlines with initial ideas of installing a giant air tube inside the cave complex and using his firm's penetrating radar to dig holes to reach the boys, Musk offered his idea for the mini-sub.

The message, like most posted by the SEALs, ended with the fighting cheer adopted from the U.S. Navy: Hooyah.

While the names of those rescued have not been released, six of the boys are students at the Maesaiprasitsart School and classmates say they've been closely monitoring the global mission to save them.

The anxious families say they have forgiven 25-year-old soccer coach Ekapol Chanthawong who led the boys on what was supposed to be an innocent adventure in cave exploring more than two weeks ago. "The plan that I've held on to from the beginning is that we have to bring the kids out and the determining factor of this plan is to have as little water as possible".

"We thank the God of the rain".

Officials insisted that storms forecast for Chiang Rai province in Thailand's far north had been factored into their decision to go ahead with the complicated and risky plan for the boys aged between 11 and 16 to dive out of the cave.

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Workers have been laboring around the clock to pump water out of the cave, and officials said Monday that despite heavy downpours overnight, water levels inside the cave did not rise.

From their dedicated ward, the boys have demanded meals of pad krapow - a Thai comfort dish made from spicy pork, basil leaves and rice.

Still, the four were undergoing medical checks in a hospital in the provincial capital and were not yet allowed close contact with relatives due to fear of infections. "When they're deprived of light and their comfort issues from home, there can be psychological sequelae that have to be addressed, and we've seen that before with people who have been held hostage or in kind of hard environmental situations", Ashton said, using a medical term for the after-effects of a traumatic incident.

Look inside the Tham Luang Cave area in northern Chiang Rai province of Thailand to see the hard task of saving the trapped 12 boys and their football coach. A massive worldwide search operation was launched and it took 10 days to locate the boys, who had taken shelter on a dry slope deep in the complex.

The boys' nightmare experience - trapped in claustrophobic darkness by rising waters - resonated across the globe, riveting people both in Thailand and internationally who anxiously watched the news coming from this town along the border with Myanmar.

The Thai rescue team members walk inside a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23. He had placed oxygen tanks along the route but didn't have enough air to get back to safety.

Operations kicked off at about 5am BST (11am Thai time) when a team of 18 elite Thai and worldwide divers entered the cave.

Rescuers found them huddled on top of a dry rock about 2 1/2 miles from the cave's entrance after nine days of searching.

The plan is "set for four people", Osatanakorn said.

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