Elon Musk’s ‘kid-size submarine’ is headed to Thailand for cave rescue

11 July, 2018, 09:55 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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They boys were evacuated by helicopter and immediately taken to hospital in Chiang Rai province.

The Guardian reports that four boys have been rescued from the Thailand cave.

According to Thailand's interior minister, same divers who rescued 3 students and the coach on Sunday night will conduct the next operation as they are aware of the cave conditions.

The entire operation to rescue all 13 could last two to four days, depending on weather and water conditions, said army Major General Chalongchai Chaiyakam. The boys are between 11 and 16 years old.

One former Navy Seal died trying to help rescue 12 boys and their coach who have been trapped in a cave for almost two weeks - highlighting the inherent risks in attempting to move the boys, who are physically weak after days without food and dwindling oxygen supplies.

Narongsak said each boy was outfitted in a full scuba face mask and was escorted by two seasoned divers.

In a letter of his own, coach Ekapol Chanthawong apologized to the boys' parents for the ordeal.

Narongsak told a press conference late Sunday the rescue operation, launched at 10am, had taken "hours faster than expected".

But you probably know that that means that there are still eight more boys and their coach trapped in the cave where they're awaiting the next phase of this very complicated rescue operation.

The boys are thought to be at least 2km deep into the cave, which has at least five sections where underwater dives are required to navigate through narrow passages.


Four of the boys were rescued Sunday, and authorities are now working to replenish air tanks along the cave's treacherous exit route.

Workers on the site had tried a number of other options to rescue the boys.

"There is no other day that we are more ready than today", he said. However, it only took 7 hours and 40 minutes.

But with the rainy season just beginning, it has become clear that the flooding which originally trapped the boys will only get worse in the coming days.

Journalists leave the site of the Tham Luang cave complex after Thailand's government instructed members of the media to move out urgently, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, on July 8, 2018.

Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand's navy SEAL unit are guiding the boys to safety.

Musk came up with the idea to help rescue the youth soccer team trapped in a cave in Thailand.

"They can not decide how many of them will be able to come out for the first operation". A search led by Thai navy SEALs and joined by volunteer divers from around the world was fruitless until Monday, when a pair of British divers came up on the hungry but apparently healthy team.

A multi-pronged rescue effort has been underway since they were found almost a week ago. And many of them are experienced cave divers, which certainly helps because this is a very unsafe operation.

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