"They are diving in something considered (an) extremely hazardous environment in zero visibility, the only light that is in there is the torch light we bring".
"They have become the world's kids".
The boys won't attend the World Cup final.
A journalist has been detained after flying a drone above the flooded Thai cave where the Wild Boars soccer team was trapped.
The 12 boys and the coach got trapped on June 23 when they set out to explore the Tham Luang cave after a soccer workout. Once they were inside, the tunnels behind them flooded after heavy rain.
When no clear opening could be found atop the mountain range housing the cave, having the boys swim out with the 18-strong team of British, Australian, Chinese, Thai, American, and Danish divers was considered the least risky of a range of daunting options.
The remaining four boys and the 25-year-old head coach were rescued around Tuesday afternoon local time and were taken to a local hospital.
American space entrepreneur Elon Musk tweeted that he visited the Tham Luang cave operation on Monday and Tuesday morning, and left behind a prototype mini-sub "in case it is useful" at the flooded cave where five members of a youth football team remained trapped.
Divers have rescued eight of the boys.
Trained divers from the U.S., the U.K., Canada and elsewhere flew to Thailand to offer their expertise and help escort the team out through the flooded cave passages. With that said, the capsule also looks like a claustrophobic's worst nightmare. "It's towards only one goal".
Musk had been posting about wanting to help the rescue efforts in Thailand in days prior, and he traveled to the Southeast Asian country as the mission was underway.
At an open-air restaurant in Chiang Rai, a group of men sat around the table and watched the news on a television hanging overhead. Thinking about how they've been kept in a small cave for two weeks, they haven't seen their mums.
Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around their hospital beds. Another four emerged Monday. "All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave", the Thai Navy SEAL unit, which led the rescue, said on its Facebook page.
Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters A Royal Thai Police helicopter carrying rescued schoolboys lands at a military airport in the northern province of Chiang Rai July 8, 2018.
"When I saw the diver and the kid on the horizon, I still didn't know if it was a casualty or if it was a kid so I was very scared", said Ivan Karadzic, one of the rescuers inside the cave.
"I can not understand how cool these small kids are, you know?"
"I have one [of] the world's best engineering teams, who normally design spaceships and spacesuits, working on this thing 24 hours a day", Musk wrote in an email to Dick Stanton, one of the leaders of the search and rescue effort in Thailand, on July 8. "All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave", the Thai SEALs wrote in a Facebook post shared by almost 80,000 people on Tuesday.