The Thai official overseeing the effort to rescue members of a teen soccer team trapped in a flooded cave says a third rescue operation has begun Tuesday and aims to bring out the remaining four boys and their coach.
Nargonsak said this phase may take longer than the previous two rescue missions, which both lasted several hours. "We can see that everything is okay as they're eating well", said Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong, Inspector General of the Public Health Ministry. Eight of the boys have already been rescued, while four remain. However, doctors treating the boys said it was too soon for them to make the trip.
The rescuers have been learning from experience and were two hours faster in bringing the second batch of survivors out on Monday.
Following the initial rescues, the operation was paused for about 10 hours while divers replenished air tanks along the exit tunnel.
Dozens of foreign divers and other experts from around the world were brought in to help the rescue effort, working alongside the Thai Navy SEALs.
"The rescue has been vast", said volunteer helper Somjit Saenset, 56.
"I am not sure about children and how they will react".
They were found alive on July 2 after 10 days of being trapped in the flooded cave complex.
An emergency team believed to be carrying one of the rescued boys from the flooded cave heads to the hospital in Chiang Rai in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai, northern Thailand.
Narongsak said that the "same multinational team" that went into the cave on Sunday to retrieve the first four boys was deployed on Monday.
Narongsak would not identify the rescued boys. Some of the parents told Reuters they had not been told who had been rescued and that they were not allowed to visit the hospital.
Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said he was thankful for Musk's support but the equipment was impractical for the rescue mission. "Two of them showed irregularities in their lungs".
"If we bring five we have to change the plan", he told reporters late on Monday.
Authorities had closely guarded the details of the boys' condition, who will be monitored in hospital for a week.
So the challenge for the children lies in keeping in keeping calm while remembering the minutiae of a new skill, Foisey said. It is rainy season in Thailand at the moment, with torrential downpours that appear out of nowhere dominating the weather patterns.
And Gianna Infantino, the president of Federation Internationale de Football Association, soccer's governing body, has invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.