Elon Musk is in the Thai cave where children are being rescued

A group of ambulances travel to Tham Luang cave

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

Outside the complex, cheers erupted when the final team members and their coach emerged.

Miles away from the Thai city, thousands across the world joined them in celebration.

Musk and his team of engineers at SpaceX and The Boring Co. designed and built a mini-submarine to help rescue a soccer team of 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach.

US President Donald Trump hailed the rescue.

Elon Musk has questioned the expertise of Thai rescue officials who turned down his offer of a submarine, despite their having organised the successful rescue of all 12 boys and their football coach from a flooded cave. Momentary celebrations quickly gave way to rising anxiety as it became clear that the rescue would necessarily be highly risky. The water level has reached the lowest it has been in ten days.

Here is how what the rescue chief called "Mission Impossible" unfolded over 72 hours as Thailand and much of the world anxiously awaited news of the boys' fate.

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The eight boys who've been rescued so far have all swum out of the cave, each escorted by two expert divers. Each boy was escorted out by two divers through winding tunnels as narrow as 15 inches wide. Four more, plus the coach, are set to be brought out Tuesday.

The former Governor of the Chiang Rai, where the operations are taking place, Narongsak Osatanakorn, said: "We expect that if there is no unusual condition. the 4 boys, 1 coach, the doctor, and 3 SEALs who have been with the boys since first day will come out today".

The head of the operation, Narongsak Osottanakorn, said a final operation would be "more challenging" because one more survivor would be brought out than the previous two operations, along with three Navy SEALs who have been accompanying them.

The Wild Boars players were all carried out on stretchers still wearing their full-face diving oxygen masks.

Jedsada Chokdumrongsuk, permanent secretary at the Public Health Ministry, said the first four boys rescued, aged 12 to 16, are now able to eat normal food. Major Saman Gunan - died during the rescue operation last week while trying to forge the escape path for the boys.

The Thai navy celebrated the completed mission on Facebook with their slogan "Hooyah!", adding that it was a "miraculous" rescue. Tuesday, referring to the name of the trapped boys' soccer team. Theresa May, the British prime minister, was among world leaders congratulating the dive team. The eight rescued boys are healthy are in 'high spirits.' They are under constant medical supervision to eliminate any risk of infection. With that said, the capsule also looks like a claustrophobic's worst nightmare.

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