Bangkok, July 10: All twelve boys and the coach have been successfully rescued from Tham Luang complex by divers from a flooded cave in northern Thailand, where 12 of them and their soccer coach had been trapped for more than two weeks, reports said. Earlier on Monday and Sunday, 10 boys were brought to safety.Also Read - Elon Musk, Grimes Break Up After 3 Years Together, Will Co-Parent Son
On Monday, American space entrepreneur Elon Musk went with a prototype mini-sub at the flooded cave to help the rescue team. “Just returned from Cave 3,” Musk said. “Mini-sub is ready if needed. It is made of rocket parts & named Wild Boar after kids’ soccer team. Leaving here in case it may be useful in the future.” On Instagram, he published a video of a flooded cave, with rescuers. Also Read - Inspiration4: SpaceX Capsule With 4 Space Tourists Land Safely After 3 Days in Orbit. Watch Video
Musk has been taking a personal interest in the mission. After ideas of installing a giant air tube inside the cave complex and using his firm’s penetrating radar to dig holes to reach the boys, Musk offered his idea for the mini-sub. He called it “basically a tiny, kid-size submarine using the liquid oxygen transfer tube of (a) Falcon rocket as hull.” Musk said it was light enough to be carried by two divers, robust, and small enough to get through narrow gaps. He posted a video of divers escorting the pod during testing in a Los Angeles swimming pool. Also Read - Space X's First All-Civilian Mission 'Inspiration 4' to Launch Tomorrow | Deets Inside
The Thai soccer team ventured into the Tham Luang cave complex after practice and became trapped by rising waters more than a fortnight ago. A team of 90 expert divers — 40 from Thailand and 50 from overseas — are working in the cave system. They are guiding the boys through darkness and submerged passageways towards the mouth of the cave system. The process includes a mixture of walking, wading, climbing and diving along guide ropes already in place. Wearing full-face masks, easier for novice divers than traditional respirators, each boy was being accompanied by two divers. The toughest part is about halfway out at a section named “T-Junction”, which is so tight the divers have to take off their air tanks to get through.
(With agency inputs)