Thai cave rescue: All 12 boys and soccer coach freed

Divers rescue fifth boy from flooded Thailand cave

An elite team of Thai Navy SEALs and foreign rescue divers on Tuesday began what they hoped would be a final push to rescue four boys and their soccer coach from a cave near the Thai-Myanmar border after extracting eight others through a labyrinth of tight passages.

More than a week ago, the soccer team of 12 boys and their assistant coach were found trapped in a flooded chamber of a six-mile-long cave in northern Thailand.

The rescue mission which spanned days was a success after everyone was rescued.

The group is "going to be kept in isolation for the next few days - possibly a week", she said.

They're all likely to stay the hospital for seven days due to their weakened immune systems, Chokedamrongsook said.

On Twitter and Instagram, well-wishers sent messages of support, advice and sketches of the boys in the cave using hashtags such as #Thaicaverescue #boarteam #Thainavyseals #PrayForThaiBoys and #Bringtheboarteambackhome.

"On behalf of the United States, congratulations to the Thai Navy SEALs and all on the successful rescue of the 12 boys and their coach from the treacherous cave in Thailand".

"The equipment they brought to help us is not practical with our mission", Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osotthanakorn, the head of the rescue efforts, said of the billionaire's technology, according to BBC. At the time, the Thai SEAL unit vowed to continue rescue efforts, writing on Facebook: "The determination and dedication of Saman will always be in all of our frogmen hearts.We will complete this mission, just as Saman intended".


Rescue divers had to travel through murky waters and narrow passageways to reach the boys and their coach, who had been trapped since June 23.

Four boys were rescued from the underground caves on Sunday, bringing the total number of recovered children to eight.

When asked about his first reaction as he saw the first set of boys who were rescued he admitted that he was "very scared. I felt like he was one of my own children and I wanted him to come home".

But Musk tweeted Sunday morning that his team of SpaceX engineers didn't actually go to Thailand because rescue operations were already underway.

Staff previously said their first assessments would focus on the boys' breathing and signs of hypothermia, as well as a potentially fatal lung infection known as cave disease.

It even eclipsed reaction to the news of U.S. President Donald Trump's latest Supreme Court nominee, which was the eighth-ranked topic.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected". It is made of rocket parts & named Wild Boar after kids' soccer team.

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