Relive all the afternoon’s drama from the Tham Luang cave as day three of the rescue began.
Four were rescued on Sunday and another four were rescued in a faster operation on Monday, after two weeks trapped in the cave complex in north-western Thailand.
Rescued schoolboys are moved from a military helicopter to an awaiting ambulance at a military airport in Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 9, 2018.
The Tesla founder had the sub made to help rescuers saving the young footballers.
Torrential rain had not affected conditions for the rescue operation.
“He’s using those skills at the moment, not only as a doctor but the added benefit that he happens to have this wonderful ability to do what no-one else does in diving into very dark, tight spaces with not a lot of equipment”, he said.
The four were the first of the 13 Mu Pa team members who were evacuated from the cave since they became trapped on June 23. “We can’t overrule the diving team because it involves safety”.
As reported by CNN, operations to extract the team from the cave began at 10am local time.
The boys were set up with IV drips and antibiotics and given vaccines for tetanus and rabies.
According to officials, they asked for bread with chocolate spread.
For the final operation tomorrow, Mr Narongsak said the rescuers would use the same plan with some adjustments because the number of survivors to be extracted would be five instead of four as was the case for the last two days.
Meanwhile, a letter of apology from the coach of the football team was delivered to the boys’ parents via the cave divers.
“They are also in good mental health, able to talk and appearing cheerful”.
Their first words after rescue were “I miss home”.
They also have minor scratches possibly caused by tree branches. This seems less likely now given the need for the boys to undergo further tests.
Family members have seen at least some of the boys from behind a glass isolation barrier, and Jesada said doctors may let the boys walk around their beds on Tuesday. That’s how deadly the rescue mission is! .
Nargonsak said this phase may take longer than the previous two rescue missions, which both lasted several hours.
The eight who have already been rescued are recovering in hospital.
Eight of the 12 boys trapped with their soccer coach in a labyrinthine flooded cave complex in northern Thailand have been freed, authorities said on Monday, adding that the time for rescuing the others will depend on the weather.
The hazardous bid to rescue the boys – aged between 11 and 16 – started unexpectedly on Sunday when the rescue team said conditions were ideal for the evacuation.