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Elon Musk Sends Mini Submarine to Rescue Boys Trapped in Thai Cave

Elon Musk Sends Mini Submarine to Rescue Boys Trapped in Thai Cave

Previously, round trips through the cave network would take about 11 hours. He said recent rains had not affected water levels in the cave and conditions were expected to be "as good as they were on Sunday", reported The Guardian.

"Everything is all good - weather, water and the boys' conditions", he said, adding, "We will speed up [the operation]".

Workers have been laboring around the clock to pump water out of the cave, and officials said Monday that despite heavy downpours overnight, water levels inside the cave did not rise.

Four boys rescued from Thai cave. They have not been reunited with their families yet due to infection concerns.

It appears that the team were going into the cave as part of an initiation ceremony which tasked the boys with reaching the end of the cave and returning having written their names on the far wall.

Extracting everyone could take up to four days, but the initial success has raised hopes that could be done.

The first boy rescued by Monday's team was freed around 4:30 p.m. local time and transferred to the same hospital as the first four boys who were rescued on Sunday.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha visited the cave to inspect the operation, with navy rescuers giving him a rousing cheer. "This is a catabolic state for these kids and this coach, meaning they are breaking down muscle because their physiologic state of stress is so high", she said.

The acting governor of Chiang Rai state, Narongsak Osatanakorn, said that divers are unsure whether all five can be rescued in one or more missions.

The four boys pulled from the cave Sunday in an urgent and risky operation that involved them diving through the cave's dark, tight and twisting passages were happy and in good health, authorities said.

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According to NBC, two divers escorted each boy on the 2.5 mile journey out of the cave.

The rescue mission is still underway.

Thai navy SEALs say four of the 12 soccer team members are out of the cave.

Following the initial rescues Sunday, the operation was paused for about 10 hours while divers replenished air tanks along the exit tunnel. "So to get them back to their baseline - which would require food, water, vitamins, all the nutrients that we normally have, plus reasonable exercise of muscle tone - would take a matter of weeks".

The group became trapped on 23 June after heavy rains caused flooding. I've told Yod to get ready to take me out for fried chicken.

Dozens of foreign divers and other experts from around the world were brought in to help the rescue effort, working alongside Thai Navy SEALs.

Billionaire Elon Musk has a unique proposition for saving the boys' soccer team trapped in a Thai cave. Monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days. The search and rescue operation has involved dozens of worldwide experts and rescuers, including a USA military team.

Musk tweeted Saturday that SpaceX engineers were close to finishing a "kid-size submarine" that might just be able to help save the stranded boys.

Musk posted several videos to his Twitter account that show the submarine being tested in a swimming pool.

The five still underground will spend their 17th night in the cave while rescue teams rest and prepare to bring them home.