Published: Wed, July 11, 2018

Elon Musk's Tiny "Submarine" Turned Down During Thai Rescue Mission

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Rescuers have freed all of the Wild Boars football team from a cave in northern Thailand more than two weeks after the 12 boys and their coach were cut off by floodwaters. In a risky operation led by the Thai navy Seals, an global team managed to get the boys through a complicated and often narrow exit route.

Elon Musk has questioned the expertise of Thai rescue officials who turned down his offer of a submarine, despite their having organised the successful rescue of all 12 boys and their football coach from a flooded cave.

Cheers erupted from the dozens of volunteers and journalists awaiting news of whether the intricate and high-risk rescue mission had succeeded. Over the next three days, the boys were brought out in groups: four on the first day, four on the second and four, plus their coach, on Tuesday.

Foreign and Thai Navy SEAL divers practised with them near the muddy embankment where the young footballers were found nine nights after walking into Tham Luang on June 23.

Asked if their actions might be seen as insensitive at such a delicate time, Smith said: "There's going to be other production companies coming in so we have to act pretty quickly".

"I have one [of] the world's best engineering teams, who normally design spaceships and spacesuits, working on this thing 24 hours a day", Musk wrote in an email to Dick Stanton, one of the leaders of the search and rescue effort in Thailand, on July 8.

Another four were rescued on Monday and the last four boys and the coach were brought out on Tuesday.

The final boy and the team's coach were brought out of the cave at 6:50 p.m. local time on Tuesday.


Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong, Inspector General of the Public Health Ministry, said the first four boys taken out on Sunday were eating normal and plain food.

1 NEWS' Correspondent Kimberlee Downs has the latest from Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Two of the boys are thought to have lung infections, but there are no serious complaints to report.

"I just want to give him a hug and say I missed you", she said.

After days of planning, the first four boys emerged Sunday after an arduous journey.

Former Chiang Rai governor and rescue mission commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn said Monday night that it would take 20 hours to prepare for the operation, but he cautioned timings could change depending on weather and water levels. "When I visited them, I also told them to be good citizens".

US President Donald Trump hailed the rescue.

Onlookers cheered, "Hooyah moo pa!" - a reference to the name of the boys' soccer team, Moo Pa, or Wild Boars.

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