Musk collected from submarine missiles to rescue children from Thai caves

13 July, 2018, 07:51 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn at a news conference

Yesterday, the Facebook page of the Thai navy Seals, who have been central to the rescue operation, was updated to say "two days, eight boars" - a reference to the Wild Boars, the name of the boys' football team.

The four boys rescued Sunday were receiving medical treatment at a hospital in Chiang Rai, around 35 miles away.

The eight boys already evacuated from the cave over the weekend are being held in isolation - and aren't even allowed to hug their parents - as doctors assess them for histoplasmosis and other conditions.

Eight boys were rescued in the first two days of the operation - four on each day. "They are getting forced to do something that no kid has ever done before", Ivan Karadzic, a diver involved with the rescue mission told BBC.

The submarine is named "Wild Boar" after the name of the football team.

The boys underwent x-rays and blood tests and two who had signs of pneumonia were given antibiotics and are in a "normal state", he said, adding they will all remain under observation in hospital for a week.

Each of the rescued boys has been guided through the dark winding cave by a pair of divers.

It could take Thai rescuers about four days to rescue all of the remaining team members.

Families of the first four have been able to see their children through a glass window, Chokedamrongsook said.

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With rain again pounding the cave site in a mountainous region in northern Thailand on Tuesday morning, rescuers said they were aiming to bring out the remaining four boys and their coach by the evening.

Two of the boys are thought to have lung infections, but there are no serious complaints to report.

Chanthawong has reportedly taught meditation to the boys to keep them calm in the cave, and is suffering from malnutrition because he gave his food rations to the young players. "But we will have a psychiatrist to evaluate them".

CNN was told the boys were exploring the caves on June 23 with their coach when they were trapped inside by heavy seasonal rains.

Narongsak said he was grateful for Musk's support but the equipment was impractical for the rescue mission.

Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn, who is leading the rescue mission, also warned today's operation could be more hard due to the increased number of people to be evacuated, but that he expected the "everyone will be out today".

The Space-X and Tesla founder arrived in Thailand with a miniature "kid sized" submarine Monday.

American billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk tweeted Monday that he had visited the cave and left behind a mini-sub rescue vehicle "in case it may be useful in the future".

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