Divers in northern Thailand have rescued 12 boys and their football coach from flooded Caves, 17 days after they got trapped underground, BBC reports.
The plight of the group and the dangerous work to free them has gripped the world’s attention.
The first of the boys were brought out on Sunday but the last of the group were only freed on Tuesday evening.
They had got stuck deep inside the cave on 23 June after heavy rains caused flooding and cut off their route out.
Aged between about 11 and 17, the members of the Wild Boars football team had entered the cave system in the province of Chiang Rai during an excursion with their coach.
The first eight boys to be rescued, on Sunday and Monday, are still in hospital but said to be in good mental and physical health.
They have undergone X-rays and blood tests, and will remain under observation in hospital for at least seven days.
Confirming the completion of the rescue operation, the Thai Navy Seals Facebook page announced: “All 12 Wild Boars and coach have been extracted from the cave. All are safe.”
A team of 90 expert divers – 40 from Thailand and 50 from overseas – worked in the caves.
They guided the boys and their coach through darkness and submerged passageways towards the mouth of the Tham Luang cave system.
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