DoD Personnel Assist in Thai Cave Rescue Operations

British diver Robert Charles Harper

British diver Robert Charles Harper

Rescue operations commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn announced the successful extraction of four more "Wild Boars" soccer team members out of the Tham Luang cave and expressed confidence that rescuers would be able to bring to safety the last batch of five survivors tomorrow faster than they did in the past two days.

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.

Asked if the remaining five would be shuttled out together, rescue operations chief Narongsak Osottanakorn said it was up to the divers whose meticulous plans, including stashing extra oxygen tanks along the route, are "set for four people, if we bring five we have to change the plan".

Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around their hospital beds.
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The members of the "Wild Boars" team, aged between 12 and 16, were guided to safety through the twisting, submerged passages of the cave complex by a team of global expert divers flanked by Thai Navy Seals over two days in a meticulously planned operation.

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.

"The kids are footballers so they have high immune systems", he added.

Jesada Chokdumrongsuk, centre, deputy director-general of the Public Health Ministry, speaks during a press conference at a hospital in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand.

But phase two of the rescue is already underway, and may in fact be over by the time the sub arrives.

Elon Musk recently pledged his team's help in rescuing the group.

And, Foisey said, the boys do have one thing going for them: "I'm sure these kids were very determined to get home".

Musk has offered a "kid-sized" submarine, named Wild Boar after the kids' soccer team, to help in the rescue operation.

Last week, Musk sent engineers from two of his companies, SpaceX and Boring Co., to assist Thai officials in the rescue effort, which comprises a large team of global diving, engineering and medical experts, among other professionals.

The tech entrepreneur tweeted Tuesday morning he'd "Just returned from Cave 3", referring to the rescuers' command center inside the sprawling cave.

Musk on Tuesday visited the cave and posted pictures and videos online.

Till now eight boys are rescued from the Thai cave complex.

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