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Coach Ekkapol Chantawong has fought malnutrition and exhaustion to keep caring for his beloved Wild Boar boys soccer team

Coach Ekkapol Chantawong has fought malnutrition and exhaustion to keep caring for his beloved Wild Boar boys soccer team

Thai army has reported that the operations will be resumed on Tuesday, when the large rescue team of local and foreign divers will again venture into the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai for a third day, to attempt to bring out the four remaining boys and their coach.

All twelve boys and their soccer coach have been successfully rescued from a Thai cave complex after an 18-day ordeal that gripped the world. Divers brought 25-year-old coach Ekkapol "Aek" Chantawong and the remaining four boys - ages 11 to 16 - to safety in a unsafe and highly complex operation Tuesday.

"They (all the boys) will have to stay in the hospital for one week to wait for their results and to see if anything changes", he said.

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.

The "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach got trapped on June 23 when they set out to explore the vast cave complex after soccer practice, when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.

The first four boys were rescued on Sunday, but only after a former Thai Navy SEAL diver had died two days earlier when he ran out of oxygen while trying to prepare the boys' escape route.

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The parents of the boys have maintained a constant vigil outside the cave since they went missing, praying for their safe return.

The rescue operation, which began Sunday, included a team of global divers and the Thai Navy SEALs.

Dr. Jedsada Chokedamrongsook, the permanent secretary of the Thai Health Ministry, said the first group of boys taken out on Sunday were aged 14 to 16. They are likely to be kept in hospital for a week for further tests. He added that all of them were generally healthy and in good spirits, thanks to their "high immunity" from playing football. "But we will have a psychiatrist to evaluate them". "We wish them all the best for the future".

The rescued boys had not been identified out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped, officials had said.

Rescuers are moving ahead quickly because they are afraid monsoon rains will completely flood the caves.

"Moreover, based on extensive cave video review and discussion with several divers who know journey, SpaceX engineering is absolutely certain that mini-sub can do entire journey & demonstrate at any time", Musk added. Musk appeared to deliver the submarine to the rescuers in Thailand, tweeting that he would leave it "here in case it may be useful in the future", adding, "Thailand is so handsome".

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