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This is Elon Musk’s submarine that will rescue Thai soccer team

GettyImages-989828480 This is Elon Musk’s submarine that will rescue Thai soccer team
Nellie Chapman | 09 July, 2018, 12:57

Four boys of 13 trapped in a northern Thailand cave have been brought out through an underwater evacuation, a member of the rescue team said on condition of anonymity Sunday.

Now trapped deep within the system, the boys and their 25-year-old coach are being rescued individually due to flooded corridors that require diver assistance. The team and coach were exploring the cave after a practice game when heavy rainfall and flooding cut off their escape route out of the cave and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days.

A source inside the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital where the first four boys are being kept said their condition was "not bad" but doctors were watching for signs of emerging conditions such as hypothermia.

The rescue operation will now pause for at least 10 hours, according to Narongsak Osatanakorn, chief of the command centers coordinating the rescue, so that divers can replenish their oxygen tanks.

The identities of four boys rescued from a Thai cave on Sunday evening have not even been revealed to their own parents.

On July 6th, former Thai Navy diver, Petty Officer Saman Gunan died while helping deliver oxygen to the team.

"Now and in the next three or four days, the conditions are ideal (for evacuation) in terms of the water, the weather and the boys' health", Narongsak told reporters.

Thailand's Meteorological Department said there was a 60 per cent chance of rain with more thunderstorms forecast throughout the week.

Heavy rain started falling as soon as the four were removed from the cave.

With oxygen levels dropping to 30 percent and approaching monsoon rains, authorities decided now was the time to rescue the boys aged 11 to 16, Narongsak said at an earlier news conference.

ABC News' Matt Gutman reports on the ongoing effort in Thailand to rescue the trapped soccer players and their coach.

America and Britain joined the local rescue team, and sent in more than 30 American military personnel alongside pararescue and survival specialists.

The acting Chiang Rai governor has told reporters "today is D-Day" with 13 foreigner and five Thai divers taking part in the rescue.

The operation to bring them out of the cave, where they have been trapped for two weeks, has begun and the first of the group are expected to be freed from the cave at around 12am AEST.

A short official video released by the rescue operation late on Sunday showed four ambulances with their lights flashing driving up the muddy dirt track that leads to the cave complex.

Known for his ambition and sometimes insane ideas, Musk promised to develop a submarine to aid in rescuing the boys.

"I can't tell you exact timing of the next operation".

"Don't be anxious", wrote another boy, Mick. Grandpa, Uncle, Mom, Dad and siblings, I love you all.

"I confirmed the factors [affecting the mission] are as good as yesterday".

"Don't be anxious, I miss everyone. Although, don't forget to set up my birthday party". "I want to say thanks for all the support, and I want to apologize".