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Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Elon Musk is in the Thai cave where children are being rescued

Elon Musk is in the Thai cave where children are being rescued

In a risky operation led by the Thai navy Seals, an worldwide team managed to get the boys through a complicated and often narrow exit route.

The boys rescued so far are in good overall health despite spending two weeks in the dank cave system, Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the ministry of public health, told a news conference in Chiang Rai. The final group of four boys and their 25-year-old coach were brought out Tuesday.

Thai navy SEALs and an Australian medic who had been stationed with the boys for days, preparing them for their dive, were brought out of the cave soon after.

The quartet had been staying inside the cave with the boys since they were found by divers last Monday - nine days after they were trapped inside by floodwaters, according to CBS News.

The boys and their coach went missing on June 23 and they were located by a team of British cave divers who stumbled upon them on July 2 while they were stringing a safety rope for rescuers to follow.

Rescuers had planned to keep the team where they were until they could find a safe way to get them out - keeping them supplied until the rainy season ended in October was a possibility.

John Tangkitcharoenthawon, a local village chairman, was bursting with happiness over the successful rescue.

The rescued boys are being quarantined in case any of them contracted infections while inside the cave.

Shortly after the full rescue was announced, President Donald Trump sent a congratulatory message. Two have been treated for minor lung infections, doctors added.

When Thai navy SEALs confirmed that all 12 soccer players and their coach had been safely rescued from the flooded cave they had entered 18 days ago, Simmee Oupra was overcome with emotion.

Though four boys and their coach are still to be saved, American film crews have reportedly traveled to the rescue site in Chiang Rai to begin work on a movie telling the tale of the Wild Boars team, Australian website news.com.au reported. The rescued boys are now in the hospital receiving treatment.

FBN's Cheryl Casone on the rescue of a soccer team and their coach from a cave in Thailand. "Such a lovely moment - all freed, great job!"

Narongsak said the rescued boys had not been identified out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected".

Named "Wild Boar" after the stranded youth soccer team, the mini-submarine arrived at the cave Monday morning (July 9).

Four boys and their soccer coach remain in the cave.

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