Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Thailand cave rescue: A timeline of events in photos

Thailand cave rescue: A timeline of events in photos

This mini-submarine may not sound like the most practical or comfortable way to escape a flooded cave, but it's important to note that the trapped kids were not able to swim and had become weak from malnutrition and exhaustion, and none of them had any scuba diving experience, CNN reported.

A team of British rescuers found them on July 2. Parents of the four boys rescued on Sunday were allowed to see them through a glass window at the hospital, public health officials said on Tuesday, but they will be quarantined for the time being.

The final boy and the team's coach were brought out of the cave at 6:50 p.m. local time on Tuesday. The boys' ordeal has captivated the world's attention.

Musk has been posting on social media about wanting to help rescue efforts in Thailand, and Business Insider has confirmed that he actually traveled to the Southeast Asian country himself.

Preparations for a rescue took days, and involved pumping out millions of gallons of water, drilling through hard rock and mapping the tunnels. "The equipment they brought to help us is not practical [for use] with our mission", rescue operations commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn told the BBC. For the past two weeks, they have spent nearly all of their time pumping water out of the cave.

Experts have previously weighed in on the Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company CEO's proposed plans, and said Musks' team may not be of much use due to huge numbers of experts already working on the rescue.

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All 12 boys trapped underground in Thailand have been rescued following the "largest, most complex cave rescue in history".

Four divers who stayed with the group were still to emerge.


Being able to see the final on Sunday would be a nice treat for the 12 boys and their coach, but they have a good reason for not traveling to Russian Federation.

A helicopter delivered the boys and their coach to Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital in Chiang Rai, the closest city to the cave complex, where the 12 boys and their coach were reunited on a dedicated floor.

Foreign and Thai Navy SEAL divers practised with them near the muddy embankment where the young footballers were found nine nights after walking into Tham Luang on June 23.

The boys and their coach are expected to spend at least one week at Chiang Rai hospital for observation and protection against possible infections.

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"I just want to give him a hug and say I missed you", she said. "I can not understand how cool these small kids are".

A former member of Thailand's elite navy SEAL unit died during the rescue mission after entering the cave to lay oxygen tanks along a potential exit route.

"We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what".

The submarine is named "Wild Boar" after the name of the football team. Some cross the border each day to go to school, a routine that Wassana Saebaew, one of their classmates, knows well.

Another four boys were rescued Monday.

He said two of them possibly have a lung infection but all eight are generally "healthy and smiling". "At this moment [there are] no worrisome conditions, everyone is safe", Thailand's Health Secretary, Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, told reporters per Reuters. Musk tweeted: "Just returned from Cave 3". It took the divers about eight hours to get into the cave, reach the boys, and bring them back out.

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