Elon Musk shares video of 'kid-size' submarine for Thai cave rescue
09 July, 2018, 12:57 | Author: Regina Silva
The operation to rescue the boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach by having them dive out of the flooded cave began Sunday morning, with expert divers entering the sprawling complex for the complicated and risky mission.
After considering a "bouncy castle" air tube that the kids might be able to wriggle through to safety, Musk and his team settled on the idea of building a kid-sized submarine, equipped with external air tanks.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said her expectation was that four more boys would be rescued on Monday. Somboon Sompiangjai, 38, the father of one of the trapped boys, said parents were told by rescuers ahead of Sunday's operation the "strongest children" would be brought out first.
Thai authorities told media today to leave a camp site near the cave where 12 boys and their coach have been trapped for more than two weeks so that "victims" could be helped, possibly signalling a long-awaited rescue effort to get them out.
On July 4, Thai navy SEALS released video of the boys who appeared to be in good spirits despite the harrowing conditions.
Some officials initially said that the boys could remain where they were - on a dry rock ledge near a point inside the cave known as Pattaya Beach - for up to several months as long as they were supplied with food and medicines.
But for many in Thailand, Ekapol, who left his life in the monkhood three years ago and joined the Wild Boars as an assistant coach soon after, is an nearly divine force, sent to protect the boys as they go through this ordeal.
There's been no shortage of warnings in recent days about how risky the rescue attempt is - not least the death of former Thai Navy Sgt. Saman Kunan, an ex-SEAL, who died early Friday morning due to a lack of air while attempting to return to a command center deep underground.
Known for his ambition and sometimes insane ideas, Musk promised to develop a submarine to aid in rescuing the boys.
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The boys were immediately taken to the hospital for evaluation after being trapped underground for almost two weeks. US President Donald Trump said on Twitter Sunday that his government is working "very closely" with Thai officials.
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