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Parents of rescued boys now at hospital told 'no hugging' yet

10 July 2018

Four boys and their 25-year-old soccer coach still remain trapped underground as an global effort of volunteer divers and elite Thai Navy Seals shuttle back and forth to bring them to safety. "So I've been asking for three days".

The first boy rescued by Monday's team was freed around 4:30 p.m. local time and transferred to the same hospital as the first four boys who were rescued on Sunday.

Musk hasn't revealed whether his engineers have arrived on the ground in Thailand or been able to assist in the precarious rescue effort. Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha was scheduled to make a second visit to the scene late on Monday and the president of soccer's governing body, FIFA, Gianni Infantino, today invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday if they make it out of the cave in time.

Their friends were full of optimism - and worry.

He said the last five survivors in the cave were in good health, adding that those who are now at the hospital could not eat fried rice yet because they will have to adjust themselves with the eating.

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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", Phuwadech said.

The search and rescue operation has riveted people both in Thailand and internationally, with journalists from across the globe traveling to this town along the border with Myanmar to report on the ordeal.

Rescue operations chief Narongsak Osottanakorn described Sunday's initial rescue bid as "D-Day" when it was launched, and there were fears that any one of many potential pitfalls could prove deadly.

"All the plans must not have any holes in them", he said, noting that "hundreds of people have vetted this" and "there will always be margins for error". Authorities have said the mission could take up to four days to complete and heavy rain is forecast in the coming days.

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The other, and perhaps more worrying, was that oxygen levels in the complex were falling close to unsafe levels.

Additional rescue personnel, including divers from Thailand, the US, Australia, China and Europe, were stationed between the third chamber and the entrance, where the boys would have to use a rope to traverse challenging terrain. "8TH BOAR. Hooyah", the SEALs posted on their Facebook page.

The team consisting of boys ages 11 to 16 was initially trapped while exploring the cave when rains flooded their exit path.

All preparations, including replacing the oxygen cylinders positioned along the route out in the cave, take at least 20 hours, he said. "And we have more expertise than yesterday", he said.

Monday's mission involved 18 divers from Thailand and overseas.

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Parents of rescued boys now at hospital told 'no hugging' yet