Thailand Rescue Officials Say Elon Musk's Submarine Was 'Not Practical'

Eight boys rescued from cave in northern Thailand

Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk applauded the rescue of a Thai boys soccer team and their coach after they were saved from a flooded cave in northern Thailand.

Federation Internationale de Football Association also offered condolences to the family of the Thai Navy SEAL diver who died saving the boys and expressed "profound gratitude to all persons involved in the rescue operation".

"We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what". The Wild Boar began underwater tests in a swimming pool in Los Angeles on July 8, and Musk shipped the vessel to Thailand the next day. "Everyone is safe", the SEALs wrote on Facebook. So, what's next for the Wild Boar?

The acting governor of Chiang Rai state, Narongsak Osottanakorn, led the rescue operation.

Then another four of the youngsters were successfully brought out of the cave, with the first rescue carried out shortly before 5pm local time, a few hours after the mission entered its second day.

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The boys and their coach went missing after football practice on 23 June, setting out on an adventure to explore the cave complex near the border with Myanmar and celebrate a boy's birthday.

The intensive and highly unsafe operation to rescue the trapped group faced several formidable obstacles, including downpours, muddy floodwater, thin air, darkness, narrow choke-points and jagged and submerged sections in the cave complex.

Monsoon rains have started falling again in Thailand. For days, divers strategized as teams of volunteers worked to drain water out of the cave. None of the boys had ever dived before.

But a person with knowledge of the rescue said just before the twelfth person was spotted, that in all, 11 of the 13 had been brought out.

Finally, on Tuesday, the "all-star" team of expert cave divers from at least six countries completed the mission once feared impossible, pulling to safety the last of the 12 young soccer players and their 25-year-old coach from the remote cave where they were marooned for more than two weeks.

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This now brings the total number of rescued boys to eight. The group would have to swim through dark, narrow passageways, wearing scuba gear. Parents were allowed to visit, but have had to keep their distance.

Attention will now be focused on the recovery of the boys and their coach; doctors who have been working with the eight boys rescued earlier last week have said they are generally in good health. "Everyone is in high spirits and is happy to get out".

"The kids are footballers so they have high immune systems, " Jedsada said. But he added they can not yet have the spicy treats that many Thais like to eat.

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