A daring rescue mission in the treacherous confines of a flooded cave in northern Thailand has saved all 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped deep within the labyrinth, ending a grueling 18-day ordeal that claimed the life of an experienced volunteer diver and riveted people around the world. Thongchai said one member of the final group of four boys and the coach who arrived at the hospital Tuesday evening had a slight lung infection.
A doctor and three Thai Navy SEALs, who have stayed with the group since shortly after they were discovered huddled on a muddy ledge deep inside the Tham Luang cave complex, will also come out, Narongsak added.
The worldwide rescue effort, which saw all 12 boys and their coach safely extracted from the flooded cave system after more than two weeks, hit particularly close to home for Scott.
Nargonsak said this phase may take longer than the previous two rescue missions, which took up to 11 hours.
Narongsak Osatanakorn said Tuesday's rescue operation began at 10.08 a.m. and involves 19 divers.More news: Common heart drugs recalled due to contamination with possible carcinogen
The eight boys brought out on Sunday and Monday were in good health overall and some asked for chocolate bread for breakfast, officials said earlier. Medical officials told reporters that they're healthy, fever-free, mentally fit and "seem to be in high spirits".
"Hooyah! Mission accomplished", read another, echoing the rallying cry of the Thai navy SEALs involved in the rescue.
"None of the eight boys has fever today", he added in the clearest update yet on the condition of the boys rescued from Tham Luang cave.
The plan, he said, is to bring out the four boys and their coach on Tuesday if the weather cooperates.
"The kids are footballers so they have high immune systems", Mr Jesada said.More news: Japanese nurse poisons 20 patients
It is believed that the second lot of boys are in better health than the first four who were brought out first because they were deemed the "weakest".
Each of the rescued boys has been guided through the dark winding cave by two pairs of divers.
Musk has offered a "kid-sized" submarine, named Wild Boar after the kids' soccer team, to help in the rescue operation. Musk tweeted: "Just returned from Cave 3". They will spend one week recovering in hospital after having been trapped inside the cave for more than two weeks.
"It is with great sadness that I confirm that Harry's dad passed away last night a short time after the successful rescue operation in Thailand", said Andrew Pearce, head of clinical services at SAAS MedSTAR, where Harris works. He said they survived by drinking clean water dripping into the cave.More news: Opec warns of trade war 'risks' for oil market