Musk’s mini sub "not practical" for Thai cave boys rescue

Divers rescue fifth boy from flooded Thailand cave

All 12 boys and their soccer coach have been rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand, the Thai navy SEALs said Tuesday, ending an 18-day ordeal that riveted people around the world.

Prayer and heart emoji abound on Thai social media, along with pig emoji symbolising the 12 players and coach from the Wild Boar soccer academy.

The medic and three navy SEALs have yet to emerge from the cave, the SEALs said on Facebook.

In a day of high drama, the remaining five boys emerged in groups as evening approached, guided out by global divers and the SEALs, who have played an integral role throughout an unprecedented rescue mission.

"It is made of rocket parts & named Wild Boar after kids" soccer team.

The extreme danger of the rescue effort was underscored last week when a former Thai navy SEAL, Saman Gunan, died while placing oxygen tanks deep inside the cave.

Four more boys were rescued overnight after the first four emerged yesterday.

Onlookers in Chiang Rai, Thailand, watch and cheer as ambulances transport some of the rescued schoolboys from a cave where they were trapped for two weeks.

"All eight are in good health, no fever. everyone is in a good mental state", Jedsada Chokdamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the public health ministry, said at Chiang Rai hospital where the boys were recuperating on Tuesday morning.

The first four boys have taken these off, but the second group who were rescued on Monday are still wearing the eyewear. In a drama that has received press coverage across the world, two British cave rescue specialists, workign with Thai military teams, found the 13 on a bank in a partly flooded chamber several kilometers inside the complex on Monday, last week.

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Reuters reported that eight players have been rescued in unsafe attempts by a world-class worldwide team of divers.

Nineteen divers entered the cave at 10 a.m. local time Tuesday (11 p.m. Monday ET), many on their third mission in three days, with the aim of bringing everyone inside the cave out.

Officials weighed plans including letting the boys dive out, reaching them via a yet-to-be-found shaft in the mountainside or waiting for water levels to drop until they could walk out, which could have taken months.

There was some rain on Sunday, which caused some water to go into the cave, but officials were able to pump an nearly equal amount of water out.

Authorities have said extracting the entire team from the cave could take up to four days, but two straight days of success raised hopes that it could be done faster.

Earlier on Tuesday, rescue operation chief Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters the remaining five would all be extracted on the same day.

The most recent boys to have been rescued have been stretchered out of the cave system, amid fears that they could have contracted a nasty illness.

Narongsak said he was grateful for Musk's support but the equipment was impractical for the rescue mission.

The rescued boys had not been identified out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped, officials had said. "We should treat them like disaster victims, and not like theyve done anything wrong".

The coach was in a weaker condition, having sacrificed his share of their meagre food supplies to give to the boys during the nine days before further help arrived.

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