First boys rescued healthy and asking for fried rice in hospital

  • First boys rescued healthy and asking for fried rice in hospital

First boys rescued healthy and asking for fried rice in hospital

Two divers will accompany each of the boys, all of whom have been learning to dive only since July 2, when the first searchers found them.

There the boys can rest before making the last, easier walk out to the entrance. The boys also asked for, and were given, chocolate and bread.

Defense Department personnel continue to assist in the rescue operations in Thailand to evacuate the remaining four boys and their coach from a flooded cave system, the director of defense press operations said today. He said the boys rescued Sunday were strong and safe but needed to undergo medical checks. Water pumps are shipped in to drain the rising, murky floodwaters and drones are dispatched to help find new vents in the cave roof.

A crack team of foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALS guided the boys during a nine-hour operation through almost 4 km (2.5 miles) of sometimes submerged, pitch-dark channels from where they have been trapped for more than a fortnight.

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People across Thailand cheered the rescue operation, including at the Mae Sai Prasitsart school where six of the trapped boys are students. Thai authorities have said the boys have stayed "good and happy".

"There's a likelihood of resilience, assuming everyone comes out, there's no fatalities, I think the worst is behind them", Adesman said.

Soccer's governing body, FIFA, has invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.

Rescuers on Monday shaved two hours off their initial estimate for how long it would take to get the boys out, with the operation starting at 11 a.m. and the first soccer player emerging around 4:30 p.m. local time.

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.

"It is up to the environment".

After Musk received an outpouring of gratitude for his rescue plans, he replied: "Thanks, we've not done anything useful yet".

But Mr Narongsak said earlier that recent mild weather and falling water levels had created optimal conditions for an underwater evacuation.

The Thai Navy SEAL team that is working hard to help rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a cave in Thailand posted a touching photo on Facebook.

Finally, Elon Musk tasked SpaceX engineers with crafting a special tiny submarine that could be used during the rescue, and the tech guru says the device is operational. After noting that he'd been consulting with cave experts in Thailand during the weekend, the Tesla CEO began tweeting about the specifics of the "escape pod" his team was developing.

Aged between 11 and 17, they belong to a football club called the Wild Boars, and became trapped during an excursion with their coach. "If not, perhaps it will be in a future situation".

- Friday, June 29 - Thailand's junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha visits the site, jokes and cooks with relatives, asking them not to give up hope.