'Panic will kill you': Florida diver explains challenges in Thailand cave rescue

Divers rescue fifth boy from flooded Thailand cave

Divers rescue fifth boy from flooded Thailand cave

Four boys were rescued from the underground caves on Sunday, bringing the total number of recovered children to eight. But heavy rain overnight has increased the danger that the water levels in the caves will rise further, adding to the hazards of diving and potentially threatening the elevated bank of sand on which the football team are stranded.

On Twitter, Musk has mused about potential inventions that could help the trapped soccer team, including a miniature submarine made from part of a SpaceX rocket.

The first thing the Thai boys rescued from a cave said was that they missed their homes and were happy to be out of the cave, officials at the the Chiang Rai hospital said on Sunday.

"We expect that if there is no unusual condition ... the 4 boys, 1 coach, the doctor, and 3 SEALs who have been with the boys since the first day will will come out today", he told a press conference to loud cheering.

Earlier Monday, Narongsak said the four rescued the day before were in good spirits.

The footballers still awaiting rescue are about two kilometers further in, at a point very hard to access.

The Thai official overseeing the effort to rescue members of a teen soccer team trapped in a flooded cave says a third rescue operation has begun Tuesday and aims to bring out the remaining four boys and their coach.

Authorities then struggled to devise a safe plan to get them out, mulling ideas such as drilling holes into the mountain or waiting months until monsoon rains ended and they could walk out.

Principal Kanetpong Suwan said teachers and students have been briefed to treat the boys normally and positively, not to ask them about details that would remind them of their ordeal, and to welcome all of them back with open arms.

The names of the rescued boys have not been released out of "respect for those families whose sons are still trapped inside", the mission chief said. "But we will have a psychiatrist to evaluate them".

They began by eating medical rations but have now had "normal food", though nothing spicy, just soft boiled rice.

The final four and their coach are expected to be rescued later Tuesday after 17 nights inside the cave system.

Dr Jesada said the first group taken out, on Sunday, were aged 14 to 16 and the second group, taken out on Monday, were aged 12 to 14.

A Thai well wisher puts a poster to pray for boys and their soccer coach who have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand Monday. Holding them isolated will allow doctors to ensure they do not have any infections, they said.

The boys and the coach were found more than a week after they became stuck on a small, muddy patch deep in the cave's network of chambers.

The rescue missions take almost half a day to complete. They did get a treat, however: bread with chocolate spread that they'd requested.

Divers have rescued eight of the boys. He said rescuers told the parents that the "strongest children" would be brought out first.

"Mini-sub is ready if needed", Musk tweeted, adding, "Leaving here in case it may be useful in the future".

Mr Musk on Tuesday visited the cave and posted pictures and videos online.

A retired Thai navy SEAL died Friday after he ran out of oxygen while placing compressed-air tanks along the exit route.

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