President Donald Trump said the US cooperated with the Thai authorities to rescue 13 players from a flooded cave in northern Thailand.
“The United States works closely with the Government of Thailand to help get all the children out of the cave and get them safe, very brave and talented people!” posted Trump on his Twitter account.
Previously, South American billionaire of South African origin Elon Musk, entrepreneur and inventor who runs SpaceX, Tesla and other leading technology companies, announced offered to help in the rescue of teenagers.
Meanwhile, in the Thai province of Chiang Rai, the evacuation process of the children in the cave continues.
The operation, in which five divers of the Thai Navy and 13 foreigners participate, began in the morning and, according to forecasts, will last for at least two days.
The ex-governor of Chiang Rai province, Narongsak Osottanakorn, who runs the device, said the children were physically and mentally prepared for the operation, and that their relatives gave their consent to start the rescue.
So far they were evacuated from the cave of four to six children, according to various sources. The medical condition of one raises concern.
The children, to whom the rescuers gave some swimming and diving lessons when they were in the cave, must come to the surface one by one, swimming for hours through narrow passages in the company of professional divers.
At the entrance to the cave, a tent was set up where the doctors examine the children and prepare them for the transfer to the Chiang Rai hospital, 60 kilometres away.
Twelve members of the Juvenile Wilds youth soccer team and their coach entered the Tham Luang cave, the fourth longest in Thailand, on June 23 and were trapped several kilometres from the entrance after a sudden flood.
After almost ten days of searching, the children, aged 11 to 16, and their monitor, 25, were found alive but exhausted.
The Tham Luang limestone cave complex, located in northern Thailand, stretches for several kilometres and is often flooded during the rainy season, which lasts from June to October.
Source: Mundo Sputnik News