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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

All Boys and Coach Rescued from Thailand Cave

In summary

° All 12 members of a Thai youth football team and their coach have been brought safely out of the cave in northern Thailand

° Eight boys rescued on Sunday and Monday are in hospital but have not been named and are being kept in quarantine

° Each person was pulled through the cave by expert divers

° A rescue doctor and three Navy Seals who stayed with the group are still to emerge

° The 12 boys and their coach were trapped by floods more than two weeks ago

The news that all 12 boys and their coach have been rescued will come as a huge relief to millions in Thailand and around the world who have followed every step of this captivating story.

The boys - aged between 11 and 16 - went into the cave with their 25-year-old football coach on 23 June, after a training session.

They were then trapped by floodwaters after heavy rains, and retreated further into the cave to find safety.

News that they had gone missing sparked a massive search operation involving more than 1,000 people, with several expert cave divers from all around the world flying in to help out.

On 2 July, nine days later, British divers found the hungry and fatigued group huddled on a ledge in a cavern, sparking joyous scenes across Thailand.

Jubilation turned to grave concern after the military warned that the boys could have to wait for up to four months for floodwaters to recede before they could be rescued.

Divers brought food and other supplies, and a Navy doctor was sent in to care for the group.

But on Sunday, Thai authorities decided they had to act, as fears mounted that the flooding would worsen under heavy rains.

And so a remarkable operation began to rescue the team. Four boys were brought out on Sunday, four on Monday, and the remaining four and their coach today.


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