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Thai Cave Rescue: How Elon Musk's 'Kid-Size' Submarine Could Assist Mission

Thai Cave Rescue: How Elon Musk's 'Kid-Size' Submarine Could Assist Mission

Now four boys have been safely freed from the cave, while eight more and their soccer coach remain trapped after 16 days of isolation.

Police stand guard near the Tham Luang cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 9, 2018.

Medics appeared to remove one person on a stretcher but hid the person's identity behind multiple white umbrellas.

A Thai navy official confirmed to Reuters that a boy was freed from the cave on Monday afternoon local time.

"We heard four boys are out but we do not know who they are". An international-level rescue mission began soon after, with hundreds of experts and military personnel from various countries arriving at the spot.

Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said 13 foreign and five Thai divers were taking part in the rescue and two divers will accompany each boy as they are gradually extracted.

The world has been hooked on the fate of the group of Thai boys trapped in a cave and the heroic attempts to rescue them. "The boys' strength, the plan - today we are ready like before".

"If we wait and the rain comes in the next few days we will be exhausted again from pumping and our readiness would drop".

As days passed, people feared the worst and wondered just how the boys and their coach could survive while trapped underground in flooded caverns.

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

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He was taken by helicopter and then ambulance to the hospital in Chiang Rai were the first four boys, who were rescued on Sunday, are now being held in quarantine as they undergo tests. Pairs of divers shepherded the boys on the long and painstaking journey out of the cave, navigating muddy and silty water through tight passages.

An ambulance believed to be carrying one of the rescued schoolboys leaves from Tham Luang cave complex on day two of the rescue.

But the chances of monsoon rains sending torrents of water into the cave and making the rescue effort too risky is never far from the minds of everyone involved in the operation.

Their escape led to an explosion of jubilation on social media in Thailand as the rescued boys were rushed to hospital.

"Hooyah", the Thai Navy SEALs, who have played a crucial role in the against-the-odds operation, said in a Facebook post as they announced that a total of eight members of the "Wild Boars" football team had been rescued on Sunday and Monday.

Authorities have paused the global effort to replenish air tanks along the treacherous exit route. Authorities have said the mission could take up to four days to complete and heavy rain is forecast in the coming days.

The rescue mission is still underway. Last week, a former Thai navy diver died while preparing for the operation. The next day (7th July), it was decided by the rescue operation chief Narongsak Osottanakorn that it was not yet safe for the boys to dive out of the cave.

There were several concerns that prompted authorities to move forward with the plan to dive the boys out. Add Thailand Cave Rescue as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Thailand Cave Rescue news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Monsoon rains have started falling again, causing water levels inside the cave to rise, squeezing the boys in an ever shrinking space inside the cave, and causing oxygen levels to drop.


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