The tech billionaire tweeted a video - hours after the first four boys were rescued - of a small submarine-like vessel being tested in a swimming pool. To get a sense of the overwhelming worldwide interest in the effort, the post attracted tens of thousands of likes and more than 10,000 comments within an hour.
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 tragic death comes as authorities fear time is running out for the twelve boys and their 25-year-old coach.
The operation, which started on Sunday morning, will take two to three days to complete, as each round trip from the rescue camp in the cave to the site where the boys and their coach are located takes 11 hours.
A Thai official says the next phase of the operation to rescue the rest of the trapped boys will begin in 10 to 20 hours as rescuers replenish their oxygen tanks. They had been missing for 10 days before they were discovered.
He added doctors assessed they were "very fit physically and mentally..." The team of young soccer players, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach were stranded in the caves for almost 10 days due to flooding and their constantly evolving rescue has continued to make news headlines around the world. He has also thanked worldwide experts who helped find the boys. All four boys were said to be in "perfect" condition, and safely transported to a hospital. "If you ask me how long it will take, no one can answer that".
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"The prime minister said that this kind of event should never happen again on Thai soil", Narongsak said.
The fellow classmates and teachers from the same school have described to the press the preparations they have made for the boys.
BILLIONAIRE tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has come up with a radical plan to rescue the soccer team trapped in a cave in Thailand. "We have to be 100 percent confident that there is no risk to the boys before we evacuate", provincial governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said.
"I was thinking, if it was my kid stuck in a cave, I would be scared", said Guerrero. "Divers are expected to re-enter the caves in between ten and twenty hours" time because there were not enough air tanks along the route to continue, an official said. But rescuers were anxious that that would not be enough: on Friday, former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunan died from lack of air within the cave complex.
The only way to bring them out is by navigating dark and tight passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents, as well as oxygen-depleted air. A major concern of the rescuers is that oxygen levels in their safe space could fall dangerously low.
"To all the parents, all the kids are still fine".