Thai cave rescue: All 12 boys and their coach rescued

11 July, 2018, 10:56 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Thailand Ministry of Public Health

With those three words posted on Facebook the daring rescue mission to extricate 12 boys and their soccer coach from the treacherous confines of a flooded cave in Thailand was complete - a grueling 18-day ordeal that claimed the life of an experienced diver and riveted people worldwide.

Musk and his team of engineers at SpaceX and The Boring Co. designed and built a mini-submarine to help rescue a soccer team of 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach.

The last people to leave the cave were a group of navy SEALs who helped with the rescue.

German footballer Lukas-Podolski said the Wild Boars were his 2018 world champions.

Meanwhile, Manchester United invited the boys to game at their home stadium Old Trafford next season while Portugese team Benfica invited the Wild Boars to an expenses-paid week at its training academy. He said the efforts on Tuesday began just after 10 in the morning local time and involved 19 divers. British divers found them in a partly flooded passage several kilometers inside the cave on July 2. The rainfall causes water levels inside the cave to rise.

Experts warned that drinking contaminated water or otherwise being exposed to bird or bat droppings in the cave could lead to unsafe infections. None of the boys had ever dived before.

The soccer world has reached out in other ways to rescued boys.

Australian divers have told of the dramatic rescue of 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a Thai cave system as each was passed "hand to hand" on stretchers between the rescuers to get them out.


Rescuers worked in three stages, rescuing the first group of four boys in a total of nine hours on Sunday.

By this past weekend, more than 100 divers, as well as support and medical staff, were at the scene as the first boys were brought out.

Narongsak also paid tribute to Lieutenant Smaan Kunan, the ex-navy SEAL diver who died during a mission last week while delivering oxygen in the cave, saying his sacrifice would be remembered.

She is understood to have become disoriented during the tragic 2011 mission in South Australia and ran out of air while trying to work out how to navigate a hard section of the cave.

On Monday, family members told CNN officials hadn't revealed which children had been rescued and who was still inside the cave Families had vowed to wait at the cave entrance until all of the boys, and their coach, were taken out. He added that all of them were generally healthy and in good spirits, thanks to their "high immunity" from playing football.

According to Reuters, the children - they have low body temperatures and two have lung infections -will remain quarantined in a hospital for the next week to undergo testing.

It could be at least a week before they can be released from the hospital, he said. They were able to obtain water dripping inside the cave.

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