Four more boys were brought out Monday from the flooded cave in Chiang Rai after four others were rescued on Sunday.
The eight boys brought out by divers over the previous two days are in "high spirits" and have strong immune systems because they are soccer players, a senior health official said. The team's 25-year-old coach and four boys are still deep inside the flooded and sprawling cave.
The boys were carried out on a stretcher on Tuesday, making them the first two to come out on the rescue's third day.
It's unclear whether Thai officials will opt to use Musk's submarine to rescue the four remaining boys and their soccer coach. The rescue effort is slowed somewhat by the fact that the team must replenish supplies and oxygen tanks that line the 2.5-mile route out of the cave. "And we will do it faster because we are afraid of the rain". "The equipment they brought to help us is not practical with our mission", the publication also quoted him as saying.
Osatanakorn said conditions in the cave had not changed much despite the heavy rain. "So I've been asking for three days".
Divers have rescued eight of the boys.
Four more boys were pulled from the cave that day - the first emerging before 5 p.m.
Jesada said the group had been given x-rays and blood tests, adding that two presented suspected symptoms of pneumonia but were given antibiotics and were "in a normal state".
Their friends were full of optimism - and worry.
Phuwadech Kamnguen, a 14-year-old best friend of one of the trapped boys, said he's looking forward to eating KFC with the team again.
"Even when my friends have left the cave, I'm anxious about their physical well-being".
"This morning they said they were hungry and wanted to eat khao pad grapao", Narongsak said, referring to a Thai dish of meat fried with chili and basil and served over rice.
People around the world are following the developments in Thailand.
Rescue operation chief Narongsak Osotthanakorn, former governor of Chiang Rai, made the announcement at the Pong Pha tambon administration organisation near the cave on Tuesday morning.
Heavy rains lashed the northern Thai region late Monday and a steady downpour has continued Tuesday.
Another and perhaps more worrying concern was that oxygen levels in the complex were falling close to risky levels. Today's mission took about nine hours, two fewer than yesterday's.
"We have more operating personnel". The message, like most posted by the SEALs, ended with the fighting cheer adopted from the US Navy: Hooyah.
A relative of one member of the soccer team said that the boys' families had agreed to remain at the cave until all of the boys and the coach are brought out. The safety of the divers, who have meticulously planned the mission, is also paramount.
Narongsak said he was grateful for Musk's support but the equipment was impractical for the rescue mission.