Will Elon Musk’s ‘kid submarine’ be used in Thai rescue?

Cheryl Sanders
July 10, 2018

Chiang Rai governor and operation chief Narongsak Osottanakorn confirmed at a press conference Sunday that he had met the boys and they were in "perfect" health.

"I ask for three for days and all the Wild Boar team will come out", he said.

The four boys rescued on Sunday are recovering in hospital, and are all eating.

Thai rescue team members walk inside a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23.

Officials heading the rescue operation had said they were preparing a third rescue mission.

Officials said all eight of the boys were healthy, though two of the four brought out Monday did have swollen lungs. "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. "We should treat them like disaster victims, and not like they've done anything wrong".

Seven divers in the rescue team are from the United Kingdom, including Rick Stanton and John Volanthen who were the first to reach the group last week.


The current rescue operation is not, Tracy said, "the preferred option".

They're all likely to stay the hospital for seven days due to their weakened immune systems, Chokedamrongsook said.

Thai authorities say four more boys have arrived safely at the hospital following their rescue after having been trapped in a flooded cave for more than two weeks.

Avery said the boys were now recovering in hospital and haven't yet had any contact with their parents. The operation began at around 11 a.m. local time on Monday and is expected to finish for the day around 9 p.m, reported the BBC. Three more members of the team emerged before the day's nine-hour rescue efforts were halted after nightfall, according to a post on the Facebook page of Thailand's navy SEAL unit.

When facing a particularly narrow path, the divers are releasing the tank from their backs and slowly rolling it through as they guide the boys through. "From what I've seen in the clip, they did look skinny", he said.

Officials lavished praise on the Thai and global divers who executed the unsafe rescue mission, guiding boys who can barely swim and have no diving experience through a treacherous 4-kilometre-long (2 1/2-mile) escape route that twisted and turned and rose and fell inside the mountain cave complex.

1 NEWS' Kimberlee Downs with the latest from Chiang Rai, as four boys and their football coach await rescue.


The death of a former Thai Navy SEAL diver who ran out of oxygen in the cave on Friday underscored the danger of the journey even for professionals.

Rescuers need to hold the boys' oxygen tanks in front of them and swim pencil-like through submerged holes.

"We have more expertise than yesterday", he said.

"This is way different than anything we have ever seen before", said Barnes.

A crack team of foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALS guided the boys during a nine-hour operation through almost 4 km (2.5 miles) of sometimes submerged, pitch-dark channels from where they have been trapped for more than a fortnight.

All preparations, including replacing the oxygen cylinders positioned along the route out in the cave, take at least 20 hours, he said.


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