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Thai Cave Rescue Resumes, Elon Musk Shows Falcon Rocket Submersible

Thai Cave Rescue Resumes, Elon Musk Shows Falcon Rocket Submersible

He said that the decision to try to rescue the boys and their coach was made because conditions inside the cave were the best they could hope for and that water levels were low enough after days of good weather that it was possible to walk through long stretches of the passage.

An operation to rescue the remaining nine people trapped in a flooded Thai cave system is in full swing as the same divers who brought the first four boys to safety go in again.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha paid a visit to all the rescue teams on Monday before leaving to see the evacuees at the hospital in the city centre.

The head of the rescue mission, Narongsak Osottanakorn, said last week they would bring the fittest people in the group out first.

The dive team, led by global experts, returned to the cave mid-morning Monday-earlier than expected-aiming to bring out more from the group of boys and their coach, who became trapped in the Tham Luang cave complex on June 23.

The rescuers are racing against time, as more rain is forecast, and the extra water would significantly complicate matters.

It had been assumed that the four extracted yesterday were boys, but it emerged that the fourth person taken out was the coach, Mr Ekapol.

In the tweet, Musk said that the "kid-size" submarine was en-route to Thailand along with a group of engineers and was expected to reach there in 17 hours.

The Thai youth soccer team and their coach became trapped in the cave they were exploring on June 23 after heavy rains flooded exits.

That left four boys and the team's coach trapped inside as the operation was called off for the day.

The four boys removed Sunday were hospitalized in stable condition at Prachanukroh Hospital, about 35 miles from the cave. Officials have yet to confirm the identities of the four boys freed. The families have not yet been able to interact with the boys out of fears of infection. Thai navy SEALs are leading the effort, but more than 90 rescue workers from around the world have been laboring in and around the dark, twisting cave.

Last night, Thai navy SEALs posted a celebratory note on their Facebook page, saying: "Have sweet dreams everyone". Having completed this section, the boys are then handed over to separate, specialist rescue teams, who help assist them through the remainder of the cave, much of which they can wade through.

The rescue team is scrambling to extract all of those stranded before fresh rains complicate the task or cut off access by increasing flooding in the cave.

Thailand's Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda has revealed the same divers who rescued the four boys will also conduct the next operation due to their knowledge of the terrain.

"We've used all the oxygen", Osatanakorn told reporters.

"I'm hoping for good news today", he said.

The rescues were carried out with a diver holding each boy underneath him as they swam through the cave, the boy breathing through a mask and attached by a tether, while another diver swam in front of them, Narongsak said.

Osotthanakorn said the boys were hungry and asking for a Thai dish of beef with basil and chilli.