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

Cheryl Sanders
July 13, 2018

Eight boys were rescued in two separate missions and brought to a hospital in the nearby city of Chiang Rai all in good condition, according to public health officials.

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.

The dramatic and risky rescue at the Tham Luang cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai was launched on Sunday and four boys were brought out that day.

Thailand has been riveted by the dramatic rescue mission to save the "Wild Boars" team after they first became trapped in Tham Luang more than two weeks ago by rising flood waters.

19 divers are involved in the mission to bring the last four boys and their coach to safety.

When asked why the boys managed to survive so long underground before they were found by divers, Dr Jesada said: "The kids are footballers, are strong and have high immunity".

They are assisting in transporting the evacuees through the final chambers of the cave system, and are providing medical personnel and other technical assistance to the rescue efforts, he added. It takes the divers about eight hours to get into the cave, reach the boys, and bring them back out.

Thailand's Health Secretary said last week that the rescued boys would need to be quarantined for one to two days before being allowed to see their families.

Information on the rescue operation, the health of those rescued - and their identities - has been tightly guarded by Thai authorities.

Heavy rains lashed the northern Thai region late Monday and a steady downpour has continued Tuesday.

The tech entrepreneur tweeted Tuesday morning he'd "Just returned from Cave 3" referring to the rescuers' command centre inside the extensive cave network.

On Sunday, officials waited several hours before confirming the safe rescue of the first four boys.

Elon Musk visited the flooded Thailand cave to offer a "kid-sized" submarine to help with the rescue - only to be told his technology wasn't "practical" to the mission.

Musk posted videos and photos of divers testing out the submarine in a Los Angeles pool.

Eight boys have been rescued from the cave so far, after Dr Harris went into the cave complex to medically assess which boys could be taken out in individual and unsafe dives.

Chiang Rai province's acting governor, Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is in charge of the rescue, voiced confidence on Monday in the ongoing operation, provided the weather doesn't worsen.

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