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Elon Musk visits Thai cave, brings his kid-submarine

Thai cave rescue live updates Divers extract 8 boys operation resumes Elon Musk visits Thai cave, brings his kid-submarine
Kristopher Love | 10 July, 2018, 14:02

Soccer's governing body, FIFA, has invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday if they make it out in time. Last week, Musk sent engineers from two of his companies, SpaceX and Boring Co., to assist Thai officials in the rescue effort, which comprises a large team of global diving, engineering and medical experts, among other professionals.

It could be at least seven days before they can be released from hospital, Jedsada told a news conference.

"The kids are footballers so they have high immune systems", Mr Jesada said.

As the eight boys already rescued from Thailand's Tham Luang Cave convalesce in a Chiang Rai hospital, an worldwide rescue team has entered the flooded cave system for the third consecutive day to free the four children and their 25-year-old soccer coach still trapped inside. Rescue officials said the team's coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, who also remains stranded, was among "the weakest in the group" because he gave up his share of food and water to the children in the early days of their entrapment.

Officials said all eight of the boys were healthy, though two of the four brought out Monday did have swollen lungs.

Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the ministry of public health, said: "All eight rescued boys today are in good health, none have a fever".

The same process was used Sunday for at least one of the four boys rescued in the first attempt at getting the 12 boys and their coach out of the underground cave complex.

The boys, whose names have not been revealed, are being treated at Chiang Rai Prachanukraw Hospital in Muang district.

The second group of four rescued on Monday are aged 12 to 14.

Writing in elegant Thai script, the boys urged their parents not to worry, adding that they hoped they wouldn't get too much homework after being rescued and couldn't wait to eat their favorite foods again.

Rescuers navigating a perilous 2.5 mile stretch of narrow, flooded tunnels have saved eight of the 13 members of a soccer team trapped in a Thai cave.

Heavy rains lashed the northern Thai region late yesterday and a steady downpour has continued into today.

19 divers are involved in the mission to bring the last four boys and their coach to safety, and more will enter gradually through the day. But they also warned heavy rain could hamper their efforts.

Rescuers have quickened the speed of the latest rescues by two hours, learning and adapting from the last two days of rescues.

Onlookers watch and cheer as ambulances deliver the rescued boys to a hospital in Chiang Rai on Sunday. The rescued boys are in quarantine, BBC News reports.

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

Thai policemen secure the road leading to Tham Luang cave area as rescue operations continue for those still trapped inside the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 9, 2018.