It's been more than two weeks since the 12 boys and their soccer coach became trapped in the flooded Tham Luang cave at the Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Chiang Rai.
Elon Musk's "kid-sized submarine" was ultimately "not practical" for helping rescuers save a group of boys and their soccer coach stuck in a Thailand cave, the head of the rescue operation said. But a short period of less heavy rainfall this week made the rescue mission possible.
The plan, he said, is to bring out the four boys and their coach on Tuesday if the weather cooperates.
The Thai navy SEALs added in a Facebook post: "We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what".
The former Governor of the Chiang Rai, where the operations are taking place, Narongsak Osatanakorn, said: "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 first day will come out today".More news: Starbucks: No more plastic straws (by 2020)
He said the group can eat, move about, and talk. "But we will have a psychiatrist to evaluate them". Medical officials told reporters Tuesday that they're healthy, fever-free, mentally fit and talking.
When Thai navy SEALs confirmed that all 12 soccer players and their coach had been safely rescued from the flooded cave they had entered 18 days ago, Simmee Oupra was overcome with emotion.
Videos of the boys shortly after they were found showed them looking frail, thin and exhausted.
Rescue divers had to travel through murky waters and narrow passageways to reach the boys and their coach, who had been trapped since June 23.
Four more of the boys were carried on stretchers out of the labyrinthine Tham Luang cave on the Myanmar border at dusk on Monday, bringing to eight the number brought out after two rescue pushes on successive days. "If I see him, I just want to hug him and tell him that I missed him very much", she said. A second mission, which rescued another four boys, commenced on Monday, July 9.More news: Mahrez signs five-year deal with Man City
It even eclipsed reaction to the news of U.S. President Donald Trump's latest Supreme Court nominee, which was the eighth-ranked topic.
The rescue operation began Sunday and has been progressing rapidly.
The first three children brought out this morning were treated first in a field hospital before they were stable enough to be transported to a normal hospital, reported the NOS from Thailand.
Two of the boys are thought to have lung infections, but there are no serious complaints to report.
While other rescuers left the cave to fetch help and supplies, the four Thai Navy SEALs and the medic stayed with the members of the "Wild Boar" youth soccer team.More news: Roads: William Dunlop dies in Skerries practice crash