Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

All 12 boys, soccer coach rescued from flooded Thai cave

All 12 boys, soccer coach rescued from flooded Thai cave

Billionaire SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted at the weekend to say he was working with cave experts to build a mini submarine out of rocket parts that he thought could help a rescue effort to free 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for weeks in a flooded underground cave complex in Thailand.

The "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach got trapped on June 23 when they set out to explore the vast cave complex after soccer practice, when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.

They said they were waiting for a medic and three Seals who had stayed with the boys in their dark refuge deep inside the cave complex to come out.

Another four were rescued on Monday and the last four boys and the coach were brought out on Tuesday.

After pondering for days how to get them out, a rescue operation was launched on Sunday when four of the boys were brought out, tethered to rescue divers.

Officials did not comment on the rescue mission as it took place, so details of the final day of the rescue and the condition of the last five to be brought out were not immediately known.

Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around their hospital beds.

"Everyone is safe", they said.

It could be at least seven days before they can be released from hospital, Jedsada told a news conference.

People across Thailand, and the world, have cheered the rescue operation, including at the Mae Sai Prasitsart school where six of the trapped boys are students.

It was clear doctors were taking a cautious approach.

"FIFA's priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation and we will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a Federation Internationale de Football Association event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration", a spokesman said. The rescued boys are still being held in quarantine for testing and have not been able to have direct contact with their parents yet.

Four ambulances and a convoy of other vehicles arrived at the cave site Tuesday morning to prepare for the third phase of the rescue.

On day three, all of the remaining boys and their coach were rescued from the cave.

Musk said on Twitter: "Just returned from Cave 3".

Musk himself apparently flew to Thailand, posting a video from inside one of the caves to his Instagram account... "Leaving here in case it may be useful in the future".

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