GALLERY: All 13 rescued from flooded Thai cave: navy SEAL unit

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United States President Donald Trump wrote Sunday on Twitter: "The U.S.is working very closely with the Government of Thailand to help get all of the children out of the cave and to safety".

But bringing out the remaining four boys and their coach could take more than one operation, Narongsak warned. The tragic death of one of their rescuers, former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Gunan, who was delivering oxygen canisters into the cave but fell unconscious on the way out, underscores the danger of the operation.

The last part of the complex operation, which has gripped Thailand and dominated global headlines, could put an end to the 18-day saga that started when the team entered the cave on June 23.

Hospital officials said the boys could eat bland foods, but not anything spicy.

British divers found the 13, hungry and huddled in darkness on a muddy bank in a partly flooded chamber several kilometers inside the Tham Luang cave complex, on Monday last week. Each of the rescued boys has been guided through the dark, narrow cave by a pair of divers.

"I am very happy about those who already made it out and I think everyone will be out today", said Waranchit Karnkaew, 14, who also said the football-mad boys had been closely following games at the World Cup in Russian Federation before they were trapped. But rescue officials were also anxious about dwindling oxygen levels in the cave. Tuesday's operation began just after 10am.

American space entrepreneur Elon Musk tweeted that he was in Thailand on Tuesday with a prototype mini-sub, at the flooded cave where five members of a youth football team remained trapped.

The challenges 12 boys and their soccer coach are facing as they make their way out of a flooded cave in Thailand are more mental than physical, Canadian cave divers and rescuers said Monday. He said a medic and three SEALS in the cave, who've been looking after those trapped, will also come out.

"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".

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The 8 boys who have already been taken from the cave by diver are thought to be largely healthy after their ordeal, despite having been trapped inside the cave with little food or water for more than two weeks.

Four more of the boys were carried on stretchers out of the cave on Monday, bringing to eight the total number brought out so far after two rescues in successive days.

The eight boys brought out on Sunday and Monday were in good health overall, although two had suspected lung infections.

"The kids are footballers, are strong and have high immunity", Jesada said when asked why they survived so long.

Four ambulances and a convoy of other vehicles arrived at the cave site Tuesday morning to prepare for the third phase of the rescue.

Workers have been laboring around the clock to pump water out of the cave, and officials said Monday that despite heavy downpours overnight, water levels inside the cave did not rise. "Their plan is designed for rescuing four". They talk normally. No fever.

The third and hopefully final rescue mission is now underway.

The four boys are now "safe and conscious" in hospital after they were extracted from the Tham Luang Nang Non caves in Chiang Rai, officials said.

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