All 12 boys, football coach rescued from flooded cave in northern Thailand

2018-07-11 01:39:19 GMT2018-07-11 09:39:19(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

All 12 boys and their football coach have been rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand after being trapped for 18 days, Thai navy SEALs confirmed on Tuesday.

Narongsak Osatanakorn (2nd R), head of the joint command center coordinating the rescue operation, reacts at a press briefing in Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 10, 2018. All 12 boys and their football coach have been rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand after being trapped for 18 days, rescuers said on Tuesday. The 12 young footballers, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach went missing during an excursion in Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand's Chiang Rai Province since June 23. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)  Narongsak Osatanakorn (2nd R), head of the joint command center coordinating the rescue operation, reacts at a press briefing in Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 10, 2018. All 12 boys and their football coach have been rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand after being trapped for 18 days, rescuers said on Tuesday. The 12 young footballers, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach went missing during an excursion in Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand's Chiang Rai Province since June 23. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)

The coach was one of the last to be extricated from the cave.

The 12 young footballers, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach went missing in Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand's Chiang Rai Province since June 23.

They were found on July 2 after the search, joined by more than 1,000 rescuers, entered the ninth day.

Thirteen foreign cave diving experts and five Thai navy rescuers joined the first operation on Sunday that brought out four boys from the cave. Rescuers spent about 11 hours on the mission. Another four boys were extrated by the same team on Monday.

The remaining four boys and their coach were rescued on Tuesday and were sent to hospital by helicopters.

Photo released by Royal Thai Navy on July 10, 2018 shows the last four Thai Navy SEAL divers coming out safely after completing the rescue mission inside the Tham Luang cave, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. All 12 boys and their football coach have been rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand after being trapped for 18 days, rescuers said on Tuesday. The 12 young footballers, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach went missing during an excursion in Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand's Chiang Rai Province since June 23. (Xinhua)  Photo released by Royal Thai Navy on July 10, 2018 shows the last four Thai Navy SEAL divers coming out safely after completing the rescue mission inside the Tham Luang cave, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. All 12 boys and their football coach have been rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand after being trapped for 18 days, rescuers said on Tuesday. The 12 young footballers, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach went missing during an excursion in Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand's Chiang Rai Province since June 23. (Xinhua)

After the successful and perilous rescue mission, it would take some time for the divers of the rescue team to evacuate from the cave. After their evacuation, the cave would be closed, according to Thai rescue operation officials.

The eight boys extracted on Sunday and Monday were being treated in hospital and were in good condition, according to hospital sources.

Chinese volunteer divers who joined the rescue mission called it a "tremendous and very dangerous operation."

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