Thai Navy SEALs, medic give thumbs up after cave rescue

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Thai Navy SEALs, medic give thumbs up after cave rescue

Federation Internationale de Football Association expressed "profound gratitude to all persons involved in the rescue operation", and condolences for the family of the Thai Navy SEAL diver who died.

"FIFA would like to express its great joy at the news of the rescue of the 12 young footballers and their coach", said a statement released to Omnisport on Tuesday. "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.

The boys spent the time regaining their strength with food and drink and learning to dive for the risky mission, while rescuers pumped as much water as possible from the lengthy network of caverns.

Graphic: The Thai cave complex where four boys and their soccer coach remain trapped is expansive, stretching about 10 km. Each of the rescued boys has been guided through the dark winding cave by a pair of divers.

Manchester United has invited the Thai soccer team rescued from a cave after 17 days underground to a match at Old Trafford this season.

Eight of the boys were brought out on stretchers over the first two days - four on Sunday and four on Monday.

Two of the boys are being treated for potential lung infections - but they're expected to make a full recovery.

"The equipment they brought to help us is not practical with our mission", Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osotthanakorn, the head of the rescue efforts, said of the billionaire's technology, according to BBC. A nutritionist is monitoring their diet and has recommended that they eat nothing spicy or salty - despite the boys' cravings for spicy basil pork and rice and grilled pork.

The boys remain in quarantine but some of their parents have been able to see their children through the glass. Those evacuated so far have been taken to hospital in Chiang Rai for treatment and observation. Officials said the first mission lasted about 11 hours, while the second mission was two hours faster. They entered the cave after a soccer practice and soon found themselves trapped when heavy rains flooded the complex.

"Just returned from Cave 3", Musk said.

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk flew to Thailand this week to help rescue 13 people trapped inside a cave - and he brought along his latest invention to assist in the recovery effort.

He posted video of divers escorting the pod during testing in a Los Angeles swimming pool.

Authorities did not reveal the identity of the boys as they were brought out.

A throng of journalists waits for updates outside a local government complex near Tham Luang cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, on Tuesday.

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