Musk proposes mini-submarine to save Thai cave boys

Eileen GuzmanJul 09, 2018

And although the four had been rescued, there were concerns they may have contracted an illness while in the cave, Narongsak said on Monday.

But he also warned the entire rescue operation could take three to four days to complete.

An ambulance exits from the Tham Luang cave area as operations continue for the eight boys and their coach still trapped at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district.

But Brick said unlike Minnesota, the Tham Luang cave complex is much warmer, which may have helped the boys and their coach avoid hypothermia before help arrived.

Then the problem became how to get them out as more rainy season showers loomed.

But with oxygen levels inside dropping to risky lows and the prospect of heavy rains flooding the area completely, authorities decided they had to move quickly and take the group out through the water-filled tunnels.

But after the first four emerged late on Sunday afternoon, hopes began to rise of a fairytale ending to the ordeal.

Narongsak described Sunday's initial rescue bid as "D-Day" when it was launched, and there were fears that any one of many potential pitfalls could prove deadly. Secondly, after a delay of several hours required them to replace the oxygen tanks along the path, the teams of divers are going back in, to bring more of them to the surface.

Rescuers have been rushing to extract the boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach from the cave as the annual monsoon bears down on the mountainous region in far northern Chiang Rai province. But the rain largely held off on Monday.

USA Today reported that the rescue began Sunday because a break in the rain had lowered water to the lowest levels since the boys were found.

"They (the four) will be kept away from their parents for a while because we are concerned about infections", Narongsak said.

Chamber 3 is the operational base for rescuers inside the cave.

Parents of a Thai boy trapped with his soccer teammates in a cave, wait for their son to be evacuated.

Chiang Rai health officials have told the Thai media that the families of the children can see them later tonight but "no hugging, no kissing" until their blood results are known. "We can't visit our boys in hospital because they need to be monitored for 48 hours", Somboon told Reuters.

In an upbeat assessment, he said "it's ideal conditions like yesterday" and that "I expect in the next four to five hours we will have good news", reflecting on the fact there had been fewer tropical showers than forecast.

Even as a frantic rescue operation is underway to save a Thai soccer team stranded inside a flooded cave, American entrepreneur Elon Musk is testing a "tiny, kid-sized submarine" which could possibly aid in the rescue mission.

"If we are asked to send more of course we will, but we are part of an worldwide response group working under the guidance of the Thai government and the Thai navy", Ms Bishop said.

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