Father of Australian doctor died just after trapped Thai boys were rescued

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An elite team of Thai Navy SEALs and foreign rescue divers on Tuesday began what they hoped would be a final push to rescue four boys and their soccer coach from a cave near the Thai-Myanmar border after extracting eight others through a labyrinth of tight passages.

Elon Musk and a team of SpaceX engineers built a mini submarine to try to help the youth soccer team and coach who were trapped in a Thai cave by rising waters. Some of the parents told Reuters they had not been told who had been rescued and that they were not allowed to visit the hospital.

FOUR more boys have been brought out of a flooded cave in northern Thailand as the daring rescue operation ended for the second day.

However, rather than speaking of his grief, Harris thanked his colleagues involved in the rescue, as well as the young boys they pulled out.

"The boys were asking for bread with chocolate spread", Jedsada said, adding that the request was granted but they were kept away from spicy food.

Richard Harris, a world-renowned medic and diver whose presence in the dramatic rescue of the Wild Boars squad was specially requested by experts, was reportedly the last person to leave the water-logged cavern on Tuesday.

However, eight boys have been brought to safety during the last two days and the remaining five are expected to be brought out today.

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Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong, Inspector General of the Public Health Ministry, said the first four boys taken out on Sunday were eating normal and plain food.

Narongsak Osottanakorn told a news conference the latest rescue operation began at about 10.08am local time (11.08am Singapore time). "This story has meant so much to me as I have followed it in Thailand this summer", he said in a video filmed at the scene of the flooded cave in the country's north.

Two of the boys possibly have a lung infection but all eight are generally "healthy and smiling", he said.

Additionally, there was no heavy rain near the caves Monday morning, according to Jonathan Erdman, weather.com meteorologist, creating a break for rescuers who once feared the worst from monsoon rains.

Information on the rescue operation, the health of those rescued - and their identities - has been tightly guarded by Thai authorities, but their names were being widely used in Thai media reports.

Musk has offered a "kid-sized" submarine, named Wild Boar after the kids' soccer team, to help in the rescue operation. We always knew they would be alive. He said he left the equipment there in case rescuers could use it in the future.