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Watch Elon Musk's Thai Cave rescue submarine in action

Watch Elon Musk's Thai Cave rescue submarine in action

The operation began at around 11 a.m. local time on Monday and is expected to finish for the day around 9 p.m, reported the BBC.

Officials said late Sunday they'd need to pause the operation for at least 10 hours to fill oxygen tanks that had been depleted during the first phase of the rescue mission.

"Everything is all good - weather, water and the boys' conditions", he said, adding, "We will speed up [the operation]".

An Australian doctor with cave diving experience examined the boys on Sunday and declared them fit for the operation, authorities said.

Officials told Reuters that Monday's rescue operation would take between 10 and 20 hours.

"Football's Coming Home. First Wild Boars Out", a headline on one online Thai paper said on Monday, referring to a song chanted by English soccer fans at the World Cup now underway in Russian Federation.

Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue operation, said a team of divers went back into the cave Monday morning, local time.

"I would like to inform the public at home and those who have been giving us support all along, after 16 days, today's the day we've been waiting for, we are seeing the Wild Boars in the flesh now".

Still, they were undergoing medical checks in a hospital and were not yet allowed close contact with relatives due to fear of infections, who were able to see them through a glass partition.

Expert divers on Sunday managed to get four of the 12 boys to safety.

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Four boys and their 25-year-old coach remain in the Tham Luang cave, but Osatanakorn couldn't say whether they would all be rescued in the next mission.

Narongsak said more personnel were being used in the rescue on Monday.

The journey out of the cave from the chamber the boys and their coach have been trapped takes even experienced Navy SEAL divers as long as five or six hours to complete.

The first four rescued boys have been placed in a ward set aside specifically for the cave rescue, a source at the hospital said.

The billionaire entrepreneur has been tweeting proposals and offering his services to the Thai government in its efforts to extract the 12 boys and their soccer coach from a partially flooded cave.

The soccer team had been trapped in the underground cave network since June 23.

The rescued boys were being treated by medics at the field hospital, and were later airlifted to a larger nearby hospital. It rained overnight as well. Meteorologists estimated a 60% chance of rain in the area on Monday.

Meanwhile, Musk's team of SpaceX engineers created a "tiny, kid-size submarine using the liquid oxygen transfer tube of Falcon rocket as hull". Ten days later, rescuers located the team and started a hazardous mission to evacuate them.

Dozens of foreign divers and other experts from around the world were brought in to help the rescue effort, working along side Thai Navy SEALs.

Karadzic, the Danish diver, said preparations had been made with air tanks and spaces identified for those being rescued to go if needed. The race to save their lives before the monsoon rains hit have since become an global effort!


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