Rain adds urgency to rescue of last five trapped in Thai cave


"Today was the best day, the best situation in terms of the weather, the health of the boys, our water management for our rescue effort", said rescue-operation head Narongsak Osottanakorn after the first four boys were rescued from the flooded Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai province Sunday.

The boys, aged 12-16, were the first to be extracted on Sunday and Monday, while the final four and their coach spent a 17th night inside.

Officials said all eight of the boys rescued so far were "good physically and mentally", though two of the four brought out on Monday had swollen lungs.

It ended with their fighting cheer, adopted from the US Navy: "Hooyah!"But bringing out the remaining four boys and their coach could take more than one operation, Narongsak warned".

The dramatic and risky rescue at the Tham Luang cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai was launched on Sunday and four boys were brought out that day.

A team of foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALS guided the boys during a nine-hour operation through almost 4 km of sometimes submerged, pitch-dark channels from where they have been trapped for more than a fortnight.

"The kids are footballers so they have high immune systems", Jesada said. Jedsada said they were uncertain what type of infections the boys could face "because we have never experienced this kind of issue from a deep cave".

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He congratulated Thai relevant forces on the successful conduction of the rescue mission with the effective assistance of worldwide experts and rescuers.

The 48-year-old entrepreneur brainstormed several ideas to achieve the goal including penetrating the land and pinpointing the group's location inside the cave via a radar, pumping the water out, and providing heavy-duty battery packs for the rescue operation. It takes the divers about eight hours to get into the cave, reach the boys, and bring them back out. The heaviest rain tends to fall in late summer.

On Sunday afternoon, Elon Musk tweeted that the kid-size submarine his team had developed to assist with the rescue of Thai boys trapped in a cave was en route to Thailand.

The billionaire Tesla chief has visited the Tham Luang cave to drop off a miniature submarine he hoped might help with the ongoing rescue operation of the Wild Boar soccer team.

He posted video of divers escorting the pod during testing in a Los Angeles swimming pool.

The boys rescued Sunday are recovering in a nearby hospital and had not yet seen their parents. "It is made of rocket parts & named Wild Boar after kids" soccer team.

Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said he was thankful for Musk's support but the equipment was impractical for the rescue mission.