Was Elon Musk's mini submarine just a play for good publicity?

  • Was Elon Musk's mini submarine just a play for good publicity?

Was Elon Musk's mini submarine just a play for good publicity?

Eight of the 12 boys trapped with their soccer coach in a labyrinthine flooded cave complex in northern Thailand have been freed, authorities said on Monday, adding that the time for rescuing the others will depend on the weather.

However, the first four boys were safely brought out of the cave on Sunday, tethered to rescue divers.

Today, the four remaining boys were confirmed to have been rescued and were taken to hospital after Reuters reported that those in charge of the rescue mission were "hopeful" all 12 boys plus the coach would be out today.

Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said Tuesday's rescue operation began just after 10 a.m. and involves 19 divers.

"All eight are in good health, no fever. everyone is in a good mental state", Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the public health ministry, told reporters on Tuesday at Chiang Rai hospital in the clearest update on their condition so far. Their coach, because he said he felt responsible for the misadventure, was reportedly rescued last.

He examined the boys in the cave and decided when they were well enough to be rescued. Officials also said they are taking less medication, and can eat anything they want - good news for the boys who were looking forward to fried rice with basil.

Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around their hospital beds.

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.

"The kids are footballers so they have high immune systems", Jesada said.

Officials heading the rescue operation had said they were preparing a third rescue mission.

Elon Musk, the billionaire owner of Tesla and SpaceX, was in Thailand with engineers from his companies to offer their expertise in the rescue.

The video released by the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital, located in Thailand's Chiang Rai province, shows the boys lying and sitting in an isolation ward while wearing face masks and hospital gowns.

The second group of 4 that were pulled out afterwards are aged between 12 and 14. Lit by several beams of white light, the divers in wet suits and helmets are seen submerging themselves in the water and grabbing on to a metal dive line used to guide them through the winding channels of the six-mile cave.

They also said counselling would be needed to deal with the psychological trauma of spending so long not knowing whether they were going to survive.

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