Operations to pump water out of the cave went on despite heavy rain showers on Sunday and Monday.
All 12 members of a boys soccer team and their coach now have been safely rescued from a cave in Thailand after being trapped there for 18 days, the Thai Navy SEALs announced Tuesday morning in a Facebook post. Jedsada said they were uncertain what type of infections the boys could face "because we have never experienced this kind of issue from a deep cave".
It's unclear why the boys, aged 11 to 16 years old, and their 25-year-old coach entered the 10-kilometre long cave, but, according to Sky News, it was part of an initiation process for local young men.
Another four were rescued on Monday and the last four boys and the coach were brought out on Tuesday, prompting rounds of spontaneous applause as ambulances and helicopters passed.
Thailand's prime minister, Prayuth Chan-o-cha, said the boys were given anti-anxiety medication to help with their rescue. "If I see him, I just want to hug him and tell him that I missed him very much", she said. They were, of course, granted it.
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Musk, the billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, Inc., vowed to help rescue efforts by designing a mini-submarine that could navigate through the cave's tight canals.
They also posted a photo of SEAL divers celebrating after the mission.
"Nobody thought we could do it".
"It was a first for the world".
As a youth soccer team is gradually evacuated from a flooded cave complex in northern Thailand, Hollywood producers are already eyeing a new box office smash.
More details emerged Tuesday about the ages and condition of the children that were freed from the cave on Sunday and Monday.
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"This mission was successful because we had power. Everybody sent it to the 13".
Scott and co-producer Adam Smith have reportedly been conducting interviews around the rescue site, where more than 1,000 Thai personnel have been joined by dozens of global specialists for the operation.
In the past two days, eight boys were rescued and are now in a hospital isolation ward while they are tested for any possible infections.
President Donald Trump congratulated the Thai SEALs on Twitter.
Narongsak Osatanakorn is the acting Governor of the Chiang Rai province of northern Thailand in which 12 boys and their football coach became trapped in a flooded cave network over two weeks ago. "Such a attractive moment - all freed, great job!" he wrote.
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