Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Elon Musk visits Thai cave, brings his kid-submarine

Elon Musk visits Thai cave, brings his kid-submarine

Elon Musk and a team of SpaceX engineers built a mini submarine to try to help the youth soccer team and coach who were trapped in a Thai cave by rising waters.

The boys will remain in quarantine because of a fear of infection, and it's understood they have only been able to speak to family members through a window.

The operation led by British cave divers alongside Thai Navy SEALs will have to return to the cave tomorrow, racing time, dropping oxygen levels and the rains, to rescue the remaining four boys and their coach. As with the previous rescue efforts, 19 divers have gone into the cave, with two divers escorting each of the boys out of the cave with tethers.

The boys rescued so far are in good overall health despite spending two weeks in the dank cave system, said Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the ministry of public health, at a news conference in Chiang Rai. "We will check later today whether their eyes have adjusted to light", said Dr Jesada.

Richard Harris, a world-renowned medic and diver whose presence in the dramatic rescue of the Wild Boars squad was specially requested by experts, was reportedly the last person to leave the water-logged cavern on Tuesday.

The rescue mission began on Sunday morning, almost a week since the 12 boys, aged 11-16, and their coach had been discovered on an embankment 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) inside the winding tunnels.

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He added that the divers were the "same multinational team" that rescued the four boys on Sunday.

Four boys were rescued from the underground caves on Sunday, bringing the total number of recovered children to eight.

Rescued schoolboys are moved from a military helicopter to an awaiting ambulance at a military airport in Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 9, 2018.

Pictures from Tuesday: The unprecedented mission to evacuate the "Wild Boar" football team and their coach from a flooded Thai cave entered its end game on Tuesday as rescuers said they will guide the remaining four boys and their coach to freedom.

Chanthawong has reportedly taught meditation to the boys to keep them calm in the cave, and is suffering from malnutrition because he gave his food rations to the young players. They are assisting in transporting the evacuees through the final chambers of the cave system, and are providing medical personnel and other technical assistance to the rescue efforts, he added. "We can see that everything is ok as they're eating well", he said.

Those rescued Sunday traveled more than half a mile underwater, according to Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osottanakorn, who is the head of the rescue mission. "Leaving here in case it may be useful in the future".

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