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09 July 2018, 11:55 | Devin Moran
International teams join forces to bring the young Wild Boars home
Thai officials have been tight-lipped about the rescue operation, and would not comment on how many people were removed Monday.
The Thai authorities have been pumping out water from the cave system ever since locating the missing soccer team, but that wasn't enough to remove all the water.
The only way to bring the boys and their coach out of the cave is by navigating dark and tight passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents, as well as oxygen-depleted air.
Authorities have been tightlipped about the progress of Monday's operation.
Four more boys were rescued overnight after the first four emerged yesterday.
Since last week, Musk has been offering potential options to Thailand officials conducting the rescue mission. The death of a former Thai Navy SEAL diver on Friday, who ran out of oxygen, underscored the danger of the mission, which has been termed a "war against time and rains".
Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand's elite navy SEAL unit make up the main team guiding the boys to safety. An ambulance was seen leaving the scene immediately afterward early Monday evening. Rescue teams had to take a break to restock their oxygen supply.
Authorities in northern Chiang Rai province began the unsafe mission to bring out the 12 boys and their coach earlier on Sunday. It was unclear who was inside the ambulance or the helicopter.
Narongsak said the rescued boys had not been identified out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped, adding that the boys were being kept away from their parents due to fear of infection.
Officials last week said they would bring the fittest people in the group out first, but Narongsak later said that whoever was ready first would be escorted out.
The second operation started at 11 a.m. local time Monday.
He added that he is sending engineers from two of his companies, SpaceX and The Boring Company, to travel to Thailand to offer further assistance.
Narongsak said experts told him the new rain could shrink the unflooded space where the boys are sheltering to 108 square feet.
The Thai community lies on the border with Myanmar and it is where several of the boys on the soccer team go to school. According to ABC news, the fearless rescuer lost consciousness on his way out of one of the passageways because he did not have enough oxygen in his tank to make it back.
Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the rescued boys. "With our informal assessment, we found that most of the boys are in green condition", Osatanakorn told reporters.
Thai authorities say the second phase of an operation to rescue the remaining eight trapped boys and their soccer coach from a cave began at 11 a.m. (midnight ET).
They are part of a youth soccer team known as the Wild Boars.
He had said fresh air tanks needed to be laid along the underwater route. Another reminded his parents not to forget his birthday party, while a third said he misses his entire family, but described himself as "happy".
Water levels have a massive effect on the difficulty of the rescue operation.
The rescue mission began after rain soaked the Tham Luang Cave area in northern Chiang Rai, heightening the risks in what the governor previously called a "war with water and time".
Eight Australian divers are reportedly involved in the rescue, including six from the Australian Federal Police and an anaesthetist from Adelaide along with his diving partner. If the tests were successful, the sub would be placed on a 17-hour flight to Thailand.
Four Thai boys have been freed from the cave and taken to hospital via helicopter.
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