A device by Elon Musk's SpaceX and The Boring Company, created to help rescue the remaining members of a soccer team trapped in a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand, is being tested in a swimming pool in Los Angeles, California, in this still image taken from an undated video obtained from social media. So far, divers have rescued four additional boys, which leaves four more and their soccer coach to go.
The worldwide effort to save the Thai boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave includes divers and experts from all over the world.
The rescue started at 10 am Thai time and involved 13 worldwide divers and five Thai navy seals, who were described by Governor Narongsak as "an all-star team", reports the Daily Mail. After Monday's rescues, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha visited the eight freed boys in the hospital where they had been taken by helicopter. Musk said the submarine is expected to arrive in Thailand around 11 p.m. Monday, local time.
Monsoon flooding cut off their escape route and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days.
They will join four other boys who were rescued on Sunday. The hands form a circle, symbolizing the bond and the joint effort by several worldwide teams to rescue the boys.
Authorities had said that incoming monsoon rains that could send water levels in the cave rising, coupled with falling oxygen levels in the enclosed space, added to the urgency of getting those trapped out.
The billionaire entrepreneur has been tweeting proposals and offering his services to the Thai government in its efforts to extract the 12 boys and their soccer coach from a partially flooded cave.
The boys smile as a Thai Navy Seal medic help injured children inside a cave in Mae Sai, northern Thailand. "The boys' strength, the plan - today we are ready like before". The dive to rescue the boys in the Tham Luang Cave area is risky and requires divers to hold them close and dress them in scuba gear, Reuters reported.
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Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda had said early Monday that the same group of expert divers who took part in Sunday's rescue would return to extricate the others because they know the cave conditions and what to do. The diver, the first fatality of the rescue effort, was working in a volunteer capacity and died on a mission to place air canisters along the passage to where the boys are, necessary for divers to safely travel the five- to six-hour route.
Narongsak said rescuers would meet Monday evening to plan for the next operation.
Officials said at a news conference that the parents of the rescued boys, whose names have not been released, have not yet been allowed to have physical contact with them, pending more extensive examination of their physical condition.
Weather forecasters warned heavy rain could hit the area through the week.
He did not say how many boys the team hoped to bring out on Monday.
Dr Andrea Dese, head of the stress and development lab at Kings College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, said: "In the longer term, most children will recover from the initial emotional symptoms".
12 young children and their football coach have been stuck in a partially flooded cave in Thailand's Chiang Rai province since June 23rd, and they're beginning to run out of oxygen. Legal action was underway, they said.
Mr Osatanakorn said: "We had a bigger operation team and we were more skilful".