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Elon Musk tests ‘tiny, kid sized submarine’ for Thai cave rescue

Elon Musk tests ‘tiny, kid sized submarine’ for Thai cave rescue

On Sunday, teams of divers brought out four of the trapped boys but waited several hours before confirming their safe rescue.

The rescue mission began on Sunday and involved 90 expert divers - 40 from Thailand and 50 from other countries.

Thailand's Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda said the divers who took part in Sunday's rescue were also conducting the current operation.

Chiang Rai province's acting governor, Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is in charge of the rescue, voiced confidence Monday in the ongoing operation, provided the weather doesn't worsen.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was scheduled to visit the site later Monday, after first traveling south to Phuket, where a boat capsizing resulted in 42 deaths, mostly tourists from China.

First of all, four of the boys were successfully extracted from the cave system.

Night's relatives have said they believe the group went to the cave to celebrate his 16th birthday after a Saturday football practice and got caught as heavy rains caused the water inside the cave to suddenly rise. The device could be used to rescue one boy at a time as it has space to fit in one person with his arms crossed, he said.

The rescue has been underway ever since and eight of the boys are now out thanks to a team of expert divers. The only way out of the cave at this time would be for the boys to dive through the same complicated route of narrow passageways that their rescuers entered, something that is extremely unsafe even for expert divers let alone children with no such experience. They are still quarantined away from their parents, who have been able to see them through a glass window but not touch or hug them.




It comes a day after four of the boys were brought to the surface. A family member told CNN Monday that they hadn't been told which boys had been pulled out, and who is still trapped in the cave. The diver, the first fatality of the rescue effort, was working in a volunteer capacity and died on a mission to place oxygen canisters along the route.

The Thai navy SEAL unit, which has been overseeing the rescue, confirmed on its Facebook page that the total number of boys brought out was eight.

The fate of the boys and their coach has gripped Thailand and drawn worldwide media attention.

"I beg Phra Pirun because the Meteorological Department said that from Monday on there will be continuous rain", Bancha said.

The hospitalised group requested their favourite meals as soon as they were rescued - a fried pork and basil dish.

Another video from Thai PBS showed an ambulance arriving at the hospital in Chiang Rai.

The four boys removed Sunday were hospitalized in stable condition at Prachanukroh Hospital, about 35 miles from the cave. The search and rescue operation has riveted people both in Thailand and internationally, with journalists from across the globe traveling to this town along the border with Myanmar to report on the ordeal.

Speaking to reporters after the news conference, Narongsak said that while Musk's technology was "good and sophisticated", it was "not practical for the mission".