Thailand cave rescue: Elon Musk's sub arrives fearing BACK UP plan needed

Thailand cave rescue: Elon Musk's sub arrives fearing BACK UP plan needed

It could reportedly take two to four days to complete the mission, officials said, so there is a chance that Musk's mini-sub will be there before the rescue is concluded.

Doctors said the boys are being carefully.

Tuesday, referring to the name of the trapped boys' soccer team.

Rescuers are on their third day of their mission with hopes rising that all 12 boys and their coach will be safely extracted - but billionaire tech entrepreneur SpaceX boss Mr Musk said his pioneering design is ready to help if needed.

Divers have rescued eight of the boys.

Officials described the rescued boys as "hungry but happy".

"If everything goes right, we will see four kids and a doctor and three Seals that have stayed with the kids will all come out", he said. No boys would be discharged for at least seven days.

Dr. Andrew Adesman, chief of developmental pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York, said there is a threat of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for the boys and their coach, but he said he is hopeful it won't be an issue for a majority of the kids.




Their families were being kept at a distance because of fears of infection and the emaciated-looking boys were eating a rice-based porridge because they were still too weak to take regular food, authorities said. The first day we spent 11 hours, yesterday we spent nine hours [from the start of the mission to the final rescue]. According to NBC News, the twelve boys, ages 11 to 16, and their 25-year old coach entered the caves two weeks ago but were trapped after rain caused flooding.

Two of the boys are thought to have lung infections, but there are no serious complaints to report.

"Potentially deadly histoplasmosis - a lung infection also known as "cave disease" and "spelunker's lung" caused by breathing in spores from animal waste - is one of several illnesses that medical experts are anxious the 12 boys and their coach could have contracted while trapped deep in the subterranean system".

Authorities have repeatedly said the rain could re-flood crucial parts of the cave complex that have been drained and make the escape route much harder or even impossible to navigate.

The first eight boys rescued are in good mental and physical health and are asking for chocolate, officials said Tuesday, although two were on antibiotics after being tested for pneumonia. They were trapped in the Tham Luan Nang Non cave that became flooded by monsoon rains while they were exploring it after a soccer practice on June 23.

"I insist that all 13 will be safe and sound", Chiang Rai provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said at a news conference on Monday.

"If the rain god helps us, then we may be able to work fast", the head of the rescue mission, Narongsak told reporters.

A pair of soccer boots where they were left next to bicycles from the group of missing boys at the entrance of the deep cave complex in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand.

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