Elon Musk sends an 'escape pod' to help in Thailand cave rescue

  • Elon Musk sends an 'escape pod' to help in Thailand cave rescue

Elon Musk sends an 'escape pod' to help in Thailand cave rescue

"Rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn refused to rule out 25-year-old Ekaphol Chantawong being left inside the cave if the four remaining pupils are rescued today, because the divers" system of taking that many at a time was working well.

The final stage of the operation involves 19 rescue workers, and it would also retrieve a doctor and three Thai Navy SEALs who have stayed with the group since they were found over a week ago.

Two boys among the first group to be freed, who he said were aged between 14 and 16, had shown possible signs of pneumonia and all had low temperatures when they arrived on Monday night.

The 31cm-wide custom submarine would make the boys passive participants in the rescue and could potentially shorten the journey, which took divers a total of nine hours in the second successful rescue operation on Monday.

The eight rescued boys were recuperating in a hospital from their ordeal huddling on a dry patch inside the Tham Luan Nang Non cave that became flooded by monsoon rains while they were exploring it June 23.

Writing in elegant Thai script, the boys urged their parents not to worry, adding that they hoped they wouldn't get too much homework after being rescued and couldn't wait to eat their favorite foods again.

Elite divers hauled 4 more young footballers out of a flooded Thai cave on Monday, July 9, authorities said, bringing to 8 the number saved in a stunning rescue mission but still leaving 5 others trapped. We've started giving them "medical food" this morning.

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

Thai authorities said the first four rescued Sunday were in "good health" but have been kept in quarantine until the risk of infection subsides.

A Thai well wisher puts a poster to pray for boys and their football coach. It is made of rocket parts & named Wild Boar after kids' soccer team.

Elon Musk has confirmed that his "mini-sub" is on standby and ready if required to help remove the remaining four boys and their coach trapped in the flooded cave in northern Thailand.

However, organisers declined to confirm whether they would attempt to bring all five out in the third push, with the plan so far being to bring out four at a time.

Musk on Sunday tweeted that he was sending a "kid-size submarine" to the rescuers in the hopes that it would be "useful".

Their only way out is through dark, tight passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents - perilous conditions that claimed the life of a former Thai navy SEAL last week.

Following a similar pattern as the previous two days, the divers ventured back into the cave at 10:00am today, Narongsak told reporters.

The boys are being guided out of the cave by two divers with oxygen tanks.

"I insist that all 13 will be safe and sound", Chiang Rai provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said at a news conference on Monday.