Father of doctor involved in Thailand cave rescue dies

The Danish diver on the Thai rescue team Ivan Karadzic called the boys'incredibly strong and said he was

"An extraordinary worldwide effort by Thai-led team who rescued 12 boys & Wild Boars soccer coach", she said on Twitter. People on the street cheered and clapped when ambulances ferrying them on the last leg of their journey from the cave arrived at a hospital in Chiang Rai city in far northern Thailand near the Myanmar border.

The eight boys who have left the cave are being treated in an isolation ward in a Chiang Rai hospital.

With the World Cup reaching its climax, Federation Internationale de Football Association invited the Wild Boars to attend Sunday's final in Moscow between France and the victor of Wednesday's England-Croatia match.

The extraordinary 72-hour operation, led by expert British cave diver Richard Stanton, has involved rescue experts from 18 countries working with the Thai forces.

The "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach got trapped on June 23 while exploring the cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai after soccer practice and a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.

There was a global outpouring of relief after it was announced that all 12 of the boys and their coach had been rescued.

Narongsak also paid tribute to Lieutenant Smaan Kunan, the ex-navy SEAL diver who died during a mission last week while delivering oxygen in the cave, saying his sacrifice would be remembered.

Musk floated a plan on Twitter on Friday that could help rescue the boys and said engineers from his companies would travel to Thailand on Saturday.

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"Hooyah! Mission accomplished", read another, echoing the rallying cry of the Thai Navy Seals involved in the rescue. The boys who were initially rescued asked for basil fried rice, but doctors are instead feeding them soft foods like Congee, a Chinese rice porridge.

The most unsafe part of the journey out of the labyrinth cave system is the first kilometer, during which they are required to squeeze through a narrow flooded channel.

By this past weekend, more than 100 divers, as well as support and medical staff, were at the scene as the first boys were brought out.

Families of both groups were allowed to visit them in their patient rooms but were required to wear protective clothing and remain at least two metres away to prevent disease transmission.

The rescued boys are being quarantined in case any of them contracted infections while inside the cave. "None of them show a level of stress that we should be concerned about".

They're all likely to stay the hospital for seven days due to their weakened immune systems, Chokedamrongsook said.

For now the boys were in isolation to try to keep them safe from infections by outsiders.

Authorities mulled ideas such as drilling holes into the mountain or waiting months until monsoon rains ended and they could walk out, with the rescue chief at one point dubbing the efforts to save them "Mission Impossible".

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