Rescue Update of Thai Soccer Team
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If you’ve been keeping up with our reporting of the global rescue effort for the Thai Wild Boars soccer team via our previous post, I am happy to report that so far eight boys are out of the cave and are recovering in the nearby hospital at Chiang Rai, Thailand . Four boys were rescued between Saturday (July 7, 2018) to Sunday (July 8, 2018), and four more boys were rescued by more than 100 divers today (11:00 am, July 9, 2018, local time). Now, there are four boys and their 25-year old coach remaining awaiting their turn to be guided on Tuesday (July 10, 2018) through the winding passages and caverns of the Tham Luang Cave, where they have been trapped since June 23, 2018. More rain is expected tomorrow, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, therefore, the rescue team has sped up the rescue effort. They are racing against time and against weather. None of these boys have yet reunited with their parents because the hospital is trying to confirm their health status via various tests.
Former Chiang Rai province governor Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters that eight boys have been successfully extracted in two separate operations. Authorities believe that they can shave off two hours in the next wave of operation. Now that Elon Musk and SpaceX’s kid-sized submarine have arrived, there will be less pressure even if the remaining five in the next wave of rescue operation will be tired.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who this weekend announced he had directed a team of engineers to build a “tiny, kid-size submarine” to help extract the 12 boys and coach of Thai soccer team Wild Boars stranded in the flooded Tham Luang cave complex for weeks, is apparently on site in northern Thailand. According to a series of Instagram and Twitter posts, Elon Musk has in fact personally entered the cave system to deliver the completed capsule. “Just returned from Cave 3,” Musk wrote on Twitter. “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.”
Musk had shared a video of divers pulling the capsule through a swimming pool, claiming it was a simulation of maneuvering the device “through a narrow passage.” Responding to another question on whether the capsule could actually be pulled through the winding cave itself, which reportedly narrows to around 27.5 inches (70 centimeter) clearance in places, Musk tweeted, “According to divers who have made the passage, yes.”
So far there has been one casualty: the 38-year-old former Royal Thai Navy special operations diver Saman Gunan ran out of oxygen and died during a mission to resupply the route with oxygen canisters on Friday.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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