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Eight boys rescued from cave in northern Thailand

Eight boys rescued from cave in northern Thailand

On Sunday, officials said it could "take days" to rescue the remaining boys and their coach.

The head of the operation, Narongsak Osottanakorn, said a final operation would be "more challenging" because one more survivor would be brought out than the previous two operations, along with three Navy SEALs who have been accompanying them.

Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk applauded the rescue of a Thai boys soccer team and their coach after they were saved from a flooded cave in northern Thailand.

Its Twitter post read: "The best football news of the summer - ALL 12 young Thai players and their coach have been rescued after being trapped in a cave in Thailand for two weeks". That's where British divers found them days later, alive and in relatively good health. They hope to interview the Thai Navy Seal divers and their foreign counterparts, as well as the rescued team members and their families.

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

The rescue missions take almost half a day to complete. The first and longest mission took 11 hours.

The third phase of an operation to rescue four remaining boys and their football coach trapped inside a flooded Thai cave is underway. They were given a treat on Tuesday: bread with chocolate spread that they had requested.

Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters A Royal Thai Police helicopter carrying rescued schoolboys lands at a military airport in the northern province of Chiang Rai July 8, 2018.

Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the rescued boys and some of their parents said they had not been told who had been brought out. "But we will have a psychiatrist evaluate them". Each team member has to spend time in isolation for fear of spreading infection; health officials expect all of them to be in the hospital for at least a week.

It was clear doctors were taking a cautious approach.

Scott, who lives in Thailand for part of the year, has been assisting in rescue efforts at Chiang Rai for the past four days.

Four ambulances and a convoy of other vehicles arrived at the cave site Tuesday morning as rains hit the region.

Rescuers are moving ahead quickly because they are afraid monsoon rains will completely flood the caves.

Mr Narongsak said: "As all of us said, the main thing is we still need more than 20 hours to get ready".

Experts have previously weighed in on the Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company CEO's proposed plans, and said Musks' team may not be of much use due to huge numbers of experts already working on the rescue. "Leaving here in case it may be useful in the future".

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