Elon Musk's Tiny "Submarine" Turned Down During Thai Rescue Mission

4 More Boys Brought Out of Flooded Thai Cave Bringing Total Rescued to 8More

Officials are hoping that the final phase of the rescue can be completed in four or five hours, Narongsak said, according to Thai Public Broadcasting.

The SEALs posted on their Facebook page Tuesday that the rescue operation was successful, after earlier posting that the first player of the day was out of the cave at 4:06 p.m. local time (5:06 a.m. ET).

The youngsters and their coach got trapped on June 23 while exploring the cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai after soccer practice, when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.

The first eight boys, who were rescued on Sunday and Monday, are in good health overall and have been demanding fried rice and chocolate bread since their rescue, Jesada Chokdamrongsuk, Thailand's health ministry permanent secretary, told reporters.

On the Twitter-like Sina Weibo site, the hashtag "Thai boys football team rescued" ranked 39th on Tuesday night in China.

While other rescuers left the cave to fetch help and supplies, the four Thai Navy SEALs and the medic stayed with the members of the "Wild Boar" youth soccer team. Well, Elon Musk and his team of SpaceX engineers feel you.

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Cave diver Martyn Farr told Sky News that British divers, who located the trapped group, are the "very best divers in this field in the United Kingdom, if not the world".

Musk said the submarine, which is made from the liquid oxygen tube of SpaceX's Falcon rocket, is small enough to fit through the cave system's narrow passageways. Other divers were on guard along the unsafe first kilometer of the passageway.

Without a passenger inside, the mini-submarine weighs about 90 lbs. Musk tweeted: "Just returned from Cave 3". If rescue teams had maneuvered the tank through the underwater parts of the cave, they could have controlled buoyancy by adding or removing diver weight belts, Musk added. Four boys were retrieved one at a time through the cave by two divers.

Using meditation techniques learned in a monastery where he grew up from the age of 10, Mr Chanthawong is credited with keeping the boys calm through the nine-day ordeal as they waited for rescuers to reach them. About 100 people were involved with the rescue efforts. With that said, the capsule also looks like a claustrophobic's worst nightmare.

He said he would be leaving the mini submarine behind in Thailand "in case it may be useful in the future". So, what's next for the Wild Boar?

There was one fatality during the risky rescue mission.



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