Elon Musk showed at Thai cave rescue despite his 'impractical' sub

The unprecedented mission to evacuate the "Wild Boar" football team and their coach from a flooded Thai cave entered its end game Tuesday as rescuers said they will guide the remaining four boys and their coach to freedom.

Parents of the four boys rescued on Sunday were allowed to see them through a glass window at the hospital, public health officials said on Tuesday, but they will be quarantined for the time being.

The three Thai Navy SEALs and Thai doctor who were with the children for the full eight days from their discovery to the rescue are fine as well, he said.

"Today (Tuesday) we hope to be faster", Narongsak added, of the complex and unsafe operation that involves diving through narrow, flooded chambers.

A team of foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALS guided the boys during a nine-hour operation through almost 4 km of sometimes submerged, pitch-dark channels from where they have been trapped for more than a fortnight.

The youngsters and their coach had been stuck in the cave since 23 June, after rising water levels trapped within the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex in Chiang Rai.

The eight boys rescued on Monday are in good health overall and some have asked for chocolate bread for breakfast, officials said on Tuesday.

Parents of the first four boys freed on Sunday have been able to visit them, but had to wear protective suits and stand two metres away as a precaution.

The Associated Press reports that the families of the boys "were being kept at a distance because of fears of infection and the emaciated-looking boys were eating a rice-based porridge because they were still too weak to take regular food, authorities said".

The boys underwent X-rays and blood tests and two who had signs of pneumonia were given antibiotics and are in a "normal state", he said, adding they will all remain under observation in hospital for a week. "Two of them showed irregularities in their lungs". It could be at least seven days before they can be released from the hospital, Jedsada told a news conference.

All 12 boys trapped underground in Thailand have been rescued following the "largest, most complex cave rescue in history".

He said, "the kids are footballers so they have high immune systems".

Four boys and their soccer coach remain in the cave.

While the eyes of the world have been focused on the Thai soccer team being rescued in a cave, entrepreneur Elon Musk has been hatching a plan. They were missing for nine days before being discovered by British divers last week.

The youngest member of the Wild Boar team in the cave is just 11 years old.

But he added rescuers may need more than 20 hours, to replan and replenish oxygen supplies, to be ready to mount the next mission. "Leaving here in case it may be useful in the future", he tweeted Monday.

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