Cave rescue diver hails 'incredibly strong' boys

Bessie Dean
July 11, 2018

The remaining four boys and the 25-year-old head coach were rescued around Tuesday afternoon local time and were taken to a local hospital.

One of the most extraordinary rescue missions in living memory has ended with all 12 Thai soccer players and their coach saved from deep inside the Tham Luang cave complex.

Rescuers working at a cave site in northern Thailand have suspended operations for the day after bringing four more boys out of the flooded cave system on Monday.

The disappearance of the boys and their novice monk turned soccer coach from this small town on the Thailand-Myanmar border - remarkably found alive nine days after they went missing June 23 - launched an extraordinary saga of worldwide cooperation and ingenuity, as experts from many fields planned how to maneuver all 13 out alive.

Eight of the boys were taken out of the cave during the first two days of rescue operations, but five others remain trapped on a ledge 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) inside the cave system. "Everyone is in high spirits and is happy to get out".

Despite all the risks associated with the rescue, she says she never had any doubt that the boys would all make it out.

President Donald Trump joined those paying tribute to the rescuers.

"We know that we can help, and they can be safe", she said in English.

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Two of the boys possibly have a lung infection but all eight are generally "healthy and smiling, " he said.

All 12 boys and their soccer coach have been rescued from a Thai cave complex after a two-week ordeal that gripped the world.

He said that a second rescue operation was planned for 10-20 hours" later, as the team had "used all the oxygen', which would need replenishing before they could resume.

Twelve children and one adult were trapped in underground caves in northern Thailand on June 23rd, and a rescue mission is still taking place to bring the victims home. Parents were allowed to visit, but have had to keep their distance.

Narongsak said the rescued boys had not been identified out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped. "Such a lovely moment - all freed, great job!" he wrote.

Another four were rescued on Monday and the last four boys and the coach were brought out on Tuesday, prompting rounds of spontaneous applause as ambulances and helicopters passed.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected".

Named "Wild Boar" after the stranded youth soccer team, the mini-submarine arrived at the cave Monday morning (July 9). Six of the 12 boys on the soccer team attend her school.

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