Elon Musk brings mini-sub to cave

Tuesday, 10 Jul, 2018

The general leading the huge worldwide effort to rescue the young footballers and their coach thanked the god of rain for his forbearance, as the boys were guided out of the Tham Luang caves in full-face masks - easier than traditional respirators for novice divers to use - during an intense nine-hour operation. They successfully extracted the second group of four a full two hours faster than the first, officials said.

The boys' parents have in turn written letters to the stricken soccer team and their 25-year-old coach.

To get the boys through the kilometres of submerged passages, they were each tethered to a diver, with another positioned behind him.

Elon Musk has offered his assistance and has floated plans to save the soccer team stranded in a Thai cave network.

A spokesman for Musk's Boring Co tunnelling unit, which has four engineers at the cave, said Thai officials had requested the device.

"We have more operating personnel".

"This is way different than anything we have ever seen before", said Barnes.

"So even in the middle of the summer, if 12 boys walked into a cave like that (in Minnesota) the hypothermia would get them pretty quick". The head of Thailand's Health Department said doctors at the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital are applying treatments and putting the boys who have been rescued through a battery of tests to determine their conditions to help them recover from the nightmarish ordeal of being marooned in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave. Seven Britons chaperoned the boys through the treacherous tunnels as part of a team that included 18 worldwide cave divers and five elite Thai navy SEALS. "I believe they want to eat khao pad kaw pow [fried rice and basil]", Osatanakorn said.

Now, having used all the oxygen supplies, they'll need between 10 and 20 hours to resupply before resuming the rescue mission.

Complex and narrow, the system is not dissimilar to the caves being navigated by rescue divers in Thailand.

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.

So far there's been 1 fatality - former Thai navy Seal Saman Kunan died while placing air tanks along the route. While no details were shared on their exact conditions, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News' chief medical correspondent, said doctors will likely evaluate their mental as well as physical condition. The Thai Navy SEALs greet another seemingly successful day with a social media post saying "Hooyah".

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

Continued rescue efforts to free the remaining five boys and their coach began at 11 a.m. local time and are still underway.

"We continue to fully support the multinational rescue effort and pray for the safe return of the remaining members of the team", Manning said. The prime minister may host a banquet to thank the foreign divers. Rescuers are preparing equipment for a third rescue mission for Tuesday morning.