Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

This timeline shows exactly how the Thai cave rescue unfolded

This timeline shows exactly how the Thai cave rescue unfolded

At U-Tapao civil-military airport in Rayong province, near where the Royal Thai Navy operates out of Sattahip Naval Base, Thai navy SEALs and some foreign military personnel were given a hero's welcome when they touched down on Thursday.

Musk suggests a series of tubes could be sent through the cave network and inflated, creating a tunnel for the team to travel through without needing to scuba dive.

He went in to assess the boys' health and stayed with them for three days.

On Tuesday, Musk posts photos on his Twitter account from inside the cave.

Myanmar-born Adul Sam-on, 14, was the only member of the boys' football team able to communicate with British divers during the recent Thai cave rescue.

They were found dishevelled and emaciated but alive on a muddy ledge 4km inside the cave nine days after they went missing.

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"Although his technology is good and sophisticated, it's not practical for this mission", the rescue chief said.

US President Donald Trump tweeted: "On behalf of the United States, congratulations to the Thai Navy SEALs and all on the successful rescue of the 12 boys and their coach from the treacherous cave in Thailand".

The four boys rescued Sunday have normal heart rates and no fever, and the two of them with lung infections are improving, said Jedsada Chokdumrongsuk, permanent secretary of the Public Health Ministry.

"This area will become a living museum, to show how the operation unfolded", the head of rescue mission, Narongsak Osottanakorn, told a news conference.

Hospital director Chaiwetch Thanapaisal said all 13 rescued, including the boys' 25-year-old soccer coach, and four Thai Navy SEALs are "well".

Onlookers at the junction in front of Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital watch and cheer as ambulances transport the last rescued schoolboys and their coach from a nearby helipad to the hospital.

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The boys had earlier received an invitation to come watch the World Cup final in Russian Federation, but doctors said they could not go as they were still confined to their hospital beds.

Harris' colleagues and fellow rescuers lauded his commitment to the mission and how vital his expertise was in bringing the boys out to safety.

"And we're here witnessing the events, gathering some contacts and everything, to really tell a story about an global effort, the entire world coming together to save (12) kids trapped in this Thai cave".

Pearce said Harris had "given his all, his family have given the support and we've given the support as well as an organization".

Highlighting the dangers, a former Thai navy SEAL volunteering to work on the rescue died on July 7 during a supply mission inside the cave. "Everyone worked together without discrimination of race or religion as the ultimate goal was to save the youth football team". Officials initially anxious they could remain trapped for months.

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