GALLERY: All 13 rescued from flooded Thai cave: navy SEAL unit

his handout video grab taken from footage released by the Royal Thai Navy late July 2, 2018, shows missing children inside the Tham Luang cave. Photo: ROYAL THAI NAVY / AFP
This handout video grab taken from footage released by the Royal Thai Navy on July 4, 2018 and taken on July 3 shows Adul Sam-on (R), a member of a Thai youth football team who is trapped with 11 other children and their coach gesturing. Photo: Handout / ROYAL THAI NAVY / AFP
Onlookers wave as an ambulance carrying rescued schoolboys leaves a military airport in Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 10, 2018. Photo: Reuters/Tyrone Siu
A stretcher which is believed to be carrying a boy rescued from the Tham Luang cave is moved from an ambulance in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, in this photo taken by Kyodo July 9, 2018. Photo: Kyodo/via Reuters
A helicopter carrying rescued schoolboys approaches to land at a military airport in Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 10, 2018.
Rescue personnel walk at the site of the Tham Luang cave complex during a mission to rescue the remaining members of a soccer team trapped in a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand July 9, 2018, in this photo obtained from social media. Photo: Twitter @elonmusk/via Reuters
Rescue workers wearing protection suits are seen as they wait for rescued schoolboys at military airport in Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 9, 2018. Photo: Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha
Rescued schoolboys are moved from a military helicopter to an awaiting ambulance at a military airport in Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 9, 2018. Photo: Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha
Rescue personnel prepare the transport for the evacuation of the boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 10, 2018 in this photo obtained from social media. Photo: Facebook/Police Thailand News/via REUTERS
Rescue personnel prepare the transport for the evacuation of the boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 10, 2018 in this photo obtained from social media. Photo: Facebook/Police Thailand News/via REUTERS
Soldiers arrive at Tham Luang cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 10, 2018. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
Rescue personnel prepare the transport for the evacuation of the boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 10, 2018 in this photo obtained from social media. Photo: Facebook/Police Thailand News/via REUTERS
A group of Thai Navy divers in Tham Luang cave during rescue operations for the 12 boys and their football team coach trapped in the cave at Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Photo: Handout / ROYAL THAI NAVY / AFP

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MAE SAI, Thailand - All 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for more than two weeks deep inside a flood Thai cave have been rescued, a Thai navy SEAL unit said on Tuesday, a successful end to a perilous mission that has gripped the world.

"The 12 Wild Boars and coach have emerged from the cave and they are safe," the Thai navy SEAL unit said on its official Facebook page.

The "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach got trapped on June 23 while exploring the cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai after soccer practice and a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.

READ: Looming rain threatens treacherous Thai cave rescue bid

British divers found the 13, hungry and huddled in darkness on a muddy bank in a partly flooded chamber several kilometres inside the complex, on Monday last week.

After pondering for days how to get the 13 out, a rescue operation was launched on Sunday when four of the boys were brought out, tethered to rescue divers.

Another four were rescued on Monday and the last four boys and the coach were brought out on Tuesday.

Celebrations will be tinged with sadness over the loss of a former Thai navy diver who died last Friday while on a re-supply mission inside the cave in support of the rescue.All 12 Thai schoolboys, and their soccer coach, who were trapped in a water-logged cave for more than two weeks, have been evacuated from the cave, according to Savy seals, as reported by Reuters. 

The ninth boy was carried from the cave on a stretcher shortly AFTER 11:00 SAST, Reuters and CNN reported.

 

 

Reuters

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