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

Blanche Robertson
July 13, 2018

The operation on Tuesday moved quickly, raising hopes that all 12 boys and their adult coach from the Wild Boars soccer team would be at the surface by the end of the day.

All the rescued boys and their coach were taken to a hospital in the nearby city of Chiang Rai.

In the past two days, eight boys were rescued and are now in a hospital isolation ward while they are tested for any possible infections.

FOUR more boys have been brought out of a flooded cave in northern Thailand as the daring rescue operation ended for the second day.

The boys will miss the FIFA World cup as it could be at least seven days before they can be released from hospital.

The soccer team and their coach entered the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand on June 23 and were trapped by floodwaters.

They have no fever or serious ailments, said public health permanent secretary Dr Jesada Chokedamrongsuk at a press conference on Tuesday (July 10).

"Today we might have to wait longer, but it will be worth the wait", he added.

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According to Jonathan Head, BBC's Southeast Asia Correspondent, divers will go back for the remaining four boys and their coach on Tuesday.

Tech-billionaire Elon Musk also said that he has visited the site of the rescue operation and has delivered them a mini-submarine to be used if necessary.

Classmates of the trapped boys at Mae Sai Prasitsart school, close to the caves, pray after their teacher announced that more of the footballers had been rescued.

"They're asking for chocolate".

It was unclear what time the rescue effort would resume on Tuesday, with operations chief Narongsak Osottanakorn telling reporters divers had crafted plans to extract four people at a time.

"The boys are still requesting the Thai basil fried rice, but they're not allowed to eat it yet", they said. "We can see that everything is ok as they're eating well", he said. The team was trapped in a cave system after heavy rains forced them deeper into the caves in search of higher ground.

Described in a South Australia Ambulance Service statement as a "quiet and kind man" who "didn't think twice about offering his support on this mission", Harris was lauded for his work throughout the rescue effort. Musk said the submarine is expected to arrive in Thailand around 11 p.m. Monday, local time. It is now unclear whether Musk or his technology will be used in the rescue efforts, but Musk confirmed via tweet that the submarine is in Thailand and ready to be used if needed. He said he left the equipment there in case rescuers could use it in the future.

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