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The rescued boys, whose condition remains unknown, were brought by helicopter to a hospital in Chiang Rai.

Four of the boys' teammates and Thai dive experts were flown to the same hospital for treatment the day before. A family member told CNN Monday that they hadn't been told which boys had been pulled out, and who is still trapped in the cave.

As an global coalition of divers continued to rescue a Thai soccer team and their coach from a cave Monday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was trying to help in his own inimitable way.

It is unclear whether parents have been informed which of the children have been rescued so far.

From crews desperately trying to pump water out of the caves to the daring rescue attempts to fish the boys out, the operation has dominated global news coverage.

The soccer team and their coach entered the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand on June 23 and were trapped by floodwaters.

Thirteen worldwide divers and five Thai Navy SEALs are involved in the operation. The acting governor of Chiang Rai state, Narongsak Osatanakorn, said that divers are unsure whether all five can be rescued in one or more missions.

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Authorities have said extracting the entire team from the cave could take up to four days, but Sunday's success raised hopes that it could be done faster.

Two more boys left the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex a short time later and were transferred to a medical facility on site, followed soon after by a fourth boy, according to the eyewitness, who is stationed at the entrance to the cave. It took two hours less than the first mission, Narongsak added.

The Thai authorities have refused to name any of the rescued boys until all of them are out.

The second leg of the risky operation was placed on hold after Sunday's rescue as air canisters were replenished along the underwater route to where the boys and their coach have been trapped for nearly two weeks.

The Wild Boars soccer team had been stranded in the cave complex since June 23, when water levels partially flooded the escape routes, making it hard to get out. Wearing full-face masks, the boys either swam or were pulled along.

"If Phra Pirun helps us, we might be able to do it very quickly", Narongsak said, again invoking the god of rain, who is widely revered in Thailand. "We know that bats can transmit many different infectious diseases, including things like rabies". "The plan that I've held on to from the beginning is that we have to bring the kids out and the determining factor of this plan is to have as little water as possible". He had placed oxygen tanks along the route but didn't have enough air to get back to safety.

The death Friday of a former Thai navy SEAL underscored the risks.

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