Boys rescued from Thai cave recovering with sunglasses and chocolate

General of the Public Health Ministry Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong, Dr. Jesada Chokedamrongsuk and director of Chiang Rai Hospital Dr. Chaiwet Thanapaisan

General of the Public Health Ministry Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong, Dr. Jesada Chokedamrongsuk and director of Chiang Rai Hospital Dr. Chaiwet Thanapaisan

The Thai official overseeing the effort to rescue members of a teen soccer team trapped in a flooded cave says a third rescue operation has begun Tuesday and aims to bring out the remaining four boys and their coach.

A crack team of foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALS guided four boys on Sunday and a further four on Monday through narrow, submerged channels from the muddy bank deep inside the Tham Luang cave where they had been stranded for more than two weeks.

Four boys and their 25-year-old football coach "will be extracted on Tuesday", rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn said.

A doctor and three Thai Navy SEAL members who have stayed with the group since they were found more than a week ago will also leave the cave.

The global rescue effort, which saw all 12 boys and their coach safely extracted from the flooded cave system after more than two weeks, hit particularly close to home for Scott.

A screen grab shows boys rescued from the Thai cave wearing mask and resting in a hospital in Chiang Rai, Thailand from a July 11, 2018 handout video.

The boys lost on average 2kg during their ordeal but are said to be in good physical condition.

A spokesperson from the Thai public health authority said that they were in "high spirits" and also claimed that as they are football players, they have high immune systems.

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It has emerged the rescued boys are being held in confinement over fears they have cave disease, which is caused by breathing in fungus from bat and bird droppings.

The boys were still being quarantined from their parents because of the risk of infection and would likely be kept in hospital for a week for tests, officials said earlier.

Elon Musk, the billionaire owner of Tesla and SpaceX, was in Thailand with engineers from his companies to offer their expertise in the rescue.

A rescue operation was launched on Sunday when four of the boys were brought out, tethered to rescue divers.

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

According to an account given to the Guardian by three Australian divers involved in the mission, rescue workers were reportedly still inside when the pump failed, meaning water levels started to rise. The children would be in the hospital for up to 10 days, the doctor said, adding that they require 30 more days to recover at home.

"They are getting forced to do something that no kid has ever done before", Ivan Karadzic, a diver involved with the rescue mission told BBC.

They were discovered by a team of British divers on Monday, prompting an urgent, meticulously-planned rescue operation.

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