The story has transfixed the Netherlands - as well as the rest of the world - after the 12 boys and their coach were lost inside the Tham Luang park cave complex more than two weeks ago.
All 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for more than two weeks deep inside a flooded Thai cave have been rescued, a Thai navy SEAL unit said on Tuesday, a successful end to a perilous mission that has gripped the world.
The boys who were initially rescued asked for basil fried rice, but doctors are instead feeding them soft foods like Congee, a Chinese rice porridge. All have now been transferred to hospital.
All eight boys rescued on Sunday and Monday are being treated in an isolation ward in a Chiang Rai hospital.
But while Narongsak Osatanakorn, the head of the joint command centre co-ordinating the operation, acknowledged Musk's offer he said that the mini submarine would not have been practical for the cave rescue. 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. Authorities have said the mission could take up to four days to complete and heavy rain is forecast in the coming days.
The group was exploring the Tham Luang Cave after a June 23 practice when monsoon rains flooded the cave and blocked their exit.
Since the operation started, the area outside the cave's entrance has filled with media, volunteers and onlookers.
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One of soccer's most popular teams, Manchester United, expressed its relief over the rescue and invited the boys and their coach, as well as those who saved them, to come see the team play on their home ground this season.
Scott and Smith also plan to bring in a screenwriter and interview key players from the team of foreign rescuers and Thai navy SEALs, the victims and their families.
"The kids are footballers so they have high immune systems, " Jedsada said.
The boys have so far only been allowed to see their parents through the glass of a quarantined room, due to the risk of infection. He added that all of them were generally healthy and in good spirits, thanks to their "high immunity" from playing football.
Two of the boys are being treated for potential lung infections - but they're expected to make a full recovery.
Thailand's Navy SEALs said on their Facebook page that "the 9th Wild Boar was out of the cave at 4:06 p.m.", referring to the name of the soccer team they are all members of. Musk had proposed possible technological solutions for extracting the boys while they were trapped and travelled to Thailand this week.