Eight rescued Thai boys in good health, ask for chocolate bread

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The boys and their coach went exploring in the massive Tham Luang Nang Non cave on June 23 after a soccer practice, and were cut off when a rainstorm flooded the cave.

"The children complained that they were hungry and wanted holy basil stir-fried rice", Narongsak Osottanakorn, the head of the rescue operation, told reporters on Monday, referring to the popular Thai dish.

As well as the four remaining boys and one adult, three Thai navy Seals and a doctor who have been...

The members of the "Wild Boars" team, aged between 12 and 16, were guided to safety through the twisting, submerged passages of the Tham Luang cave by a team of global expert divers flanked by Thai Navy SEALs over two days in a meticulously planned operation.

Eight boys have so far been rescued from the cave, four on Sunday and another four on Monday.

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

In the past two days, eight boys were rescued and are now in a hospital isolation ward while they are tested for any possible infections. Four boys and the coach are still deep inside, and authorities have indicated they're continuing with their so-far successful effort to bring the boys out guided by experienced divers.

The rescued boys will be in quarantine for at least 24 hours, Tracy reports.

Elon Musk hoped to save the young soccer team trapped in a northern Thailand cave, over the weekend building a rescue submarine that he thought could act as an escape pod for the children and their coach.

Dr Jesada said the first group taken out, on Sunday, were aged 14 to 16 and the second group, taken out on Monday, were aged 12 to 14. "But we will have a psychiatrist to evaluate them".

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They're all likely to stay the hospital for seven days due to their weakened immune systems, Chokedamrongsook said.

He said the submarine, which is made of rocket parts, is named "Wild Boar after the kid's soccer team".

"They can watch on TV", the doctor said.

The perilous rescues have involved two divers accompanying each of the boys, all of whom have been learning to dive only since July 2, when searchers found them. Highlighting the extreme dangers, a former Thai Navy SEAL died Friday while replenishing the oxygen canisters laid along the route. It was 10 days before the boys were miraculously located, and the remaining five have been in the cave for eight days. Last week, Musk sent engineers from two of his companies, SpaceX and Boring Co., to assist Thai officials in the rescue effort, which comprises a large team of worldwide diving, engineering and medical experts, among other professionals.

Officials said late Sunday they'd need to pause the operation for at least 10 hours to fill oxygen tanks that had been depleted during the first phase of the rescue mission.

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