Elon Musk's submarine 'not practical' for Thai cave mission, rescue head says

Thai cave rescue route MAP How will divers help to FREE trapped boys

The mission to save the last 4 members of a Thai soccer team and their coach, who have been trapped in a cave for more than two weeks, has begun.

However, doctors later relented after some of the boys asked for bread with chocolate spread.

Then came the letters carried out by divers who took oxygen, food and medicine to the boys' refuge as experts evaluated whether to dive them out or provision them, perhaps until monsoon rains usually subside in late October.

Chiang Rai province's acting governor, Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is in charge of the rescue, voiced confidence Monday in the ongoing operation, provided the weather doesn't worsen.

Elon Musk, the billionaire owner of Tesla and SpaceX, was in Thailand with engineers from his companies to offer their expertise in the rescue.

"Just returned from Cave 3", tweeted the CEO.

In the second day of the long, complicated and high-stakes rescue missions, a second group of four boys emerged on Monday.

The "Wild Boars" team became trapped on June 23 when they set out to explore the cave after soccer practice and rains flooded the tunnels.

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As of Tuesday morning, the last of the group have spent almost 16 days underground after being trapped by floodwaters in the cave in northern Thailand.

They are still being quarantined from their parents because of the risk of infection and would likely be kept in hospital for a week to undergo tests, officials said. However, senior health official Jedsada Chokdumrongsuk said all of them are "healthy and smiling".

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. "Everyone is in high spirits and are happy to get out".

Some divers rescuing the boys trapped in a cave in northern Thailand have traversed about 10 miles (16 km) over the past two days. We've started giving them "medical food" this morning.

They have no fever or serious ailments, said public health permanent secretary Dr Jesada Chokedamrongsuk at a press conference on Tuesday (July 10).

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 Tuesday.

Still, health officials were wary of possible infections "because we have never experienced this kind of issue from a deep cave".

VideoOne of the divers on the rescue team in Thailand explains the difficulty of getting the boys out.

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