It has been confirmed that all 12 boys and their soccer coach have been rescued from deep within the Tham Luang Cave network in northern Thailand. The dramatic rescue comes after the boys and their coach spent more than two weeks being trapped in the cave system, 2 1/2 miles from the entrance. Thai Navy SEALs, rescue scuba divers from around the world, local volunteers, an Australian doctor and medical teams, and countless others can be credited for the successful cave rescue mission.
On Sunday, July 8, the first four boys were brought out of the cave. On Monday, July 9, an additional four boys were extracted from the cave, and on Tuesday, July 10, the remaining boys and their coach were brought to safety. The entire team and coach are currently receiving medical attention in a nearby hospital.
With any cave rescue, there are risks due to the presence of an overhead environment. The rescue team divers navigated dark, flooded tunnels for up to six hours to reach the trapped boys and coach. The return trip to the entrance took up to 5 hours. Experts warned of potential hazards — including dangerous obstacles inside the cave, dwindling oxygen levels and monsoon rains that threatened to worsen the flooding inside the cave — but despite all the challenges, the boys and their coach were rescued. Sadly, Saman Kunan, a former Thai Navy SEAL who had returned to help with the rescue operation, died on Friday, July 6, during a mission to place tanks of compressed air inside the cave.
This story has captivated global media, and today, the world can celebrate that all 12 boys and their coach have been rescued.
See below for the happy reactions flooding social media:
Great news that they made it out safely. Congratulations to an outstanding rescue team!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 10, 2018
All 12 players and their coach have been rescued from a cave in Thailand.— FIFA World Cup (@WorldCupHQ) July 10, 2018
FIFA has invited them to the World Cup final as their guests.
I LOVE THIS GAME! pic.twitter.com/cRVyz9jB1E
#MUFC is relieved to learn that the 12 footballers and their coach trapped in a cave in Thailand are now safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 10, 2018
We would love to welcome the team from Wild Boars Football Club and their rescuers to Old Trafford this coming season. pic.twitter.com/5CGMoD1Msq
Cave rescue: All 13 out after 17-day ordeal in Thailand https://t.co/DLPnGkzlEj— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 10, 2018
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. Such a beautiful moment - all freed, great job!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2018
The best football news of the summer – ALL 12 young Thai players and their coach have been rescued after being trapped in a cave in Thailand for two weeks.— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) July 10, 2018
Our thoughts are with the family of ex-Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan who died after delivering the boys oxygen. A real hero pic.twitter.com/UKW5tXfGei
Delighted to see the successful rescue of those trapped in the caves in Thailand. The world was watching and will be saluting the bravery of all those involved.— Theresa May (@theresa_may) July 10, 2018