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Cave rescue diver hails 'incredibly strong' boys

11 July 2018

As news spread by word of mouth at the scene, dozens of volunteers and journalists camped out nearby threw their hands up and cheered.

Twelve children and one adult were trapped in underground caves in northern Thailand on June 23rd, and a rescue mission is still taking place to bring the victims home. A former Thai Navy diver lost his life while on a re-supply mission inside the cave to support the rescue. The phrase, a battle cheer that the elite SEAL unit adopted from the U.S. Navy, has become an worldwide hashtag used by people to show their support and gratitude to those involved in the rescue mission. Momentary celebrations quickly gave way to rising anxiety as it became clear that the rescue would necessarily be highly risky. The rainfall causes water levels inside the cave to rise.

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.

A team of Thai and global divers extracted eight of the boys Sunday and Monday using a complex system that involved laying out oxygen canisters at regular intervals to guide them out of the flooded cave.

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Musk said it was light enough to be carried by two divers, robust, and small enough to get through narrow gaps.

Though four boys and their coach are still to be saved, American film crews have reportedly traveled to the rescue site in Chiang Rai to begin work on a movie telling the tale of the Wild Boars team, Australian website news.com.au reported. Jedsada said they were uncertain what type of infections the boys could face "because we have never experienced this kind of issue from a deep cave".

On Sunday, officials said it could "take days" to rescue the remaining boys and their coach.

Along with the rescue workers, the expected contingent of media from around the world have been on scene, including CBS News' Ben Tracy, ABC News' James Longman, NBC News' Janis Mackey Frayer and Bill Neely, correspondents from CNN, and extensive coverage on MSNBC and Fox News. The Wild Boars is the team's name.

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"I think everyone will welcome them back with the love".

Scott, who's married to a Thai woman and spends three months a year in Thailand, said they were not pressuring people over the interviews.

President Donald Trump joined those paying tribute to the rescuers.

All 33 miners were eventually rescued after the world watched, enthralled at the daring extraction.

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Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, speaking Tuesday before the final rescue was completed, said the boys were given an anti-anxiety medication to help with their perilous removal from the cave.

Cave rescue diver hails 'incredibly strong' boys