They probably won't like enclosed spaces.
Four boys were extracted on Monday, the Royal Thai Navy has confirmed. The death of a former Thai Navy SEAL diver on Friday, who ran out of oxygen, underscored the danger of the mission, which has been termed a "war against time and rains". The scheduled time was advanced from Monday night to race against time.
"Any way we can help involve them in their own rescue is beneficial", he said.
Alluding to that worry, the regional army commander offered his thanks Monday to the rain god Phra Pirun, imploring him to "keep showing us mercy".
Less than an hour after the helicopter took off, Thai public television aired live video of a medivac helicopter landing close to a hospital in the city of Chiang Rai, around 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the cave.
It was not immediately clear Monday how the overnight rains had impacted water levels inside the flooded cave. The boys have reportedly yet to meet their families, though a senior official told The Guardian that they could be reunited on Monday night. Rescue teams had to take a break to restock their oxygen supply.
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Just a few kilometres from the lush forest that covers the mountainside of the Tham Luang cave, four boys dressed in their white school uniforms shoot hoops on an outdoor basketball court in Mae Sai. They wore full-faced masks "while hanging on to the bodies of rescue divers", Channel News Asia reported. "With our informal assessment, we found that most of the boys are in green condition", Osatanakorn told reporters.
The names of the rescued boys were not released.
One boy asked for a fried chicken dinner.
"We heard four boys are out but we do not know who they are". Relatives were able to see them through a glass partition. Authorities have said the mission could take up to four days to complete and heavy rain is forecast in the coming days.
Dozens of foreign divers and other experts from around the world were brought in to help the rescue effort, working along side Thai Navy SEALs. Holding them isolated in hospital would allow doctors to ensure they did not have any infections, they said. The second boy was Prajak Sutham, known as Note. The players were 11-16 year-old boys. After the location of the young soccer team and their coach was discovered earlier this month, Musk shared ideas for the rescue mission on Twitter, later revealing that his engineers would assist with the rescue. Approaching monsoons threatened to overwhelm the rescuers' pumps and flood the cave again.
It was expected that the boys would not have to dive to get out of the cave - as had been previously predicted - because the cave system would largely be walkable, according to officials. "They will not have to follow the normal schedules".
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On Sunday, the Thai king led tributes to rescuers and the schoolboys as scenes of joyful weeping nationwide were shown on television.
And Gianna Infantino, the president of Federation Internationale de Football Association, soccer's governing body, has invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.
The mother of Mark, the first boy out, has always kept the faith.
Getting to and from where the boys are has been an exhausting round trip, even for the experienced divers.
Dr Andrea Dese, head of the stress and development lab at Kings College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, said: "In the longer term, most children will recover from the initial emotional symptoms".
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