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Rescue workers begin evacuation of teens still trapped in Thai cave

13 July 2018, 12:15 | Erica Roy

Rescue workers begin evacuation of teens still trapped in Thai cave

One of six ambulances is seen driving up to the base camp near Tham Luang cave as the second rescue attempt is underway

The four videos were shared on Musk's Twitter account when it was announced that four of the 12 boys from the Thai youth soccer team "Wild Boars", which consists of players aged 11-16, were rescued and rushed to a hospital on Sunday after being trapped inside the cave since June 23.

The first eight boys rescued from a Thai cave are in decent physical and mental health with some even asking for chocolate, but they remain in hospital and under psychological observation for any lasting damage from their underground ordeal.

The head of the operation, Narongsak Osottanakorn, said rescuers had learned from experience and were two hours faster in bringing the second batch of survivors out as scattered monsoon rains continued to risk flooding the tunnels with water.

The final four and their coach are expected to be rescued later Tuesday after 17 nights inside the cave system.

Four more of the boys were carried on stretchers out of the labyrinthine Tham Luang cave on the Myanmar border at dusk on Monday, bringing to eight the number brought out so far after two rescue pushes on successive days. Jedsada said they were uncertain what type of infections the boys could face "because we have never experienced this kind of issue from a deep cave".

But phase two of the rescue is already underway, and may in fact be over by the time the sub arrives.

Gen.Prayut also thanked Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, for offering his help to the trapped boy footballers and their coach.

"All five will be brought out at the same time today", he said, to cheers from reporters and rescue workers. "But we will manage to get them a TV for that [watching the World Cup final]".

Officials told Reuters that Monday's rescue operation would take between 10 and 20 hours. The boys then walked from Chamber 3 to the mouth of the cave, which has been mostly drained over the last few days despite heavy rains.

Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand's elite navy SEAL unit make up the main team guiding the boys to safety through narrow, submerged passageways that claimed the life of a former Thai navy diver on Friday.

The billionaire Tesla chief has visited the Tham Luang cave to drop off a miniature submarine he hoped might help with the ongoing rescue operation of the Wild Boar soccer team.

The soccer team first made contact with rescuers from the United Kingdom last Monday.

"You have seen the rain so you might be wondering - preparation for the third operation has been under way since early morning", Chiang Rai Province Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn said this morning.

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