Rescuers begin 'challenging' final push to free last five from Thai cave

British caver Vernon Unsworth gets out of a pick up truck near the Tham Luang cave complex

Officials have generally waited hours to confirm rescues.

The submarine is named "Wild Boar" after the name of the football team.

Reuters reported that eight players have been rescued in risky attempts by a world-class global team of divers.

When they failed to return home, a huge search operation was launched and they were found 10 days later, weak but alive.

Narongsak said he hopes the effort will be faster than yesterday, but added that today's operation will be the hardest because it will involve five people.

"If everything goes right, we will see four kids and a doctor and three Seals that have stayed with the kids will all come out".

Osatanakorn told reporters that Monday's efforts took nine hours, two hours less that Sunday's mission.

The group of 13 became trapped on June 23 when flash floods made it impossible for them to exit the cave, after they walked inside following a training session. The 13 trapped included 12 teenagers who were part of a football team and their 25-year-old coach.

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Four more of the boys were carried on stretchers out of the labyrinthine Tham Luang cave on the Myanmar border at dusk on Monday, bringing to eight the number brought out so far after two rescue pushes on successive days.

Jesada Chokdumrongsuk, permanent secretary at the Public Health Ministry, told a joint press conference on Tuesday morning that despite being healthy, the boys have to remain in hospital for at least a week.

The first eight boys rescued from a Thai cave are in decent physical and mental health with some even asking for chocolate, but they remain in hospital and under psychological observation for any lasting damage from their underground ordeal. Dr 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".

The second group freed on Monday were aged 12 to 14.

The challenging mission involved each of the boys wearing a full dive mask as a diver leads the way carrying their oxygen tank while being guided by a rope.

"Just returned from Cave 3", tweeted the CEO.

In the first video that Musk posted online, scuba divers can be seen testing out the submarine at the Palisades Charter High School pool.

In the rescues, two divers are being allocated for each boy to guide them through the exit route, one in front and one behind.

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