By: Lexy | 07-10-2018 | News
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Thailand Cave Rescue - Operation Accomplished!

All 12 boys and their football coach have been rescued from a Thai cave after an 18-day ordeal, the Thai Navy SEALs said in a Facebook post, adding they were "safe".

The Thailand cave rescue mission should go down in history as one of the most heroic rescue missions ever accomplished!

Day three of the Rescue:

The first four boys who were rescued on Sunday were visited by their families on Monday night, though they were kept separated by a glass window over infection fears.

On Tuesday morning, Permanent Secretary of the Public Health Ministry Jesada Chokedamrongsuk told reporters all eight boys are "in good health," with no fever and "in a good mental state."

Two of the four boys who were rescued on Sunday were given antibiotics after showing signs of pneumonia.

All four boys from the first rescued group can now eat normal foods, though nothing spicy, he said.

The boys will be kept in hospital for observation for one week.

"[The boys] are all very very hungry, they're asking for all kinds of food," Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen, reporting from Chiang Raid, said.

"They basically blindfolded them when they took them out of the cave to make sure that their eyes would slowly adjust to the light again after they have been in the dark for so long … the doctors have now said that their eyes are all fine," Vaessen said.

The third rescue operation is currently underway, rescue mission Chief Narongsak Osottanakorn has told a news conference.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">They did it all 12 boys and the coach are now confirmed out but the mission isn’t finished until the 3 divers and the doctor are out. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ThailandCaveRescue</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ThaiCaveResue</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Mohamad Ali Ahmad (@mohd_aliahmad) <a href="">July 10, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

The operation began this morning at 10:08 local time (03:08 GMT), he said.

Rescuers aim to extract all remaining four boys, the youngest of whom is 11 years old, as well as their 25-year-old coach on Tuesday.

"All five will be brought out at the same time today," Osottanakorn said.

A doctor and three Thai Navy SEALs who have been staying with the group will also leave the cave today.

A post on the SEALs Facebook account said today's operation would take longer than Monday's.

Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen has reported all four boys and their coach have reached chamber three of the Tham Luang cave complex where rescue workers have set up a medical post.

"They seem to have passed this whole dangerous tricky part and now are in chamber three," Vaessen said.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sources tell Aljazeera remaining five members of trapped Thai football team have arrived in chamber 3 meaning they have passed the most dangerous part of their journey out. Hopefully first boy emerging in next hour or so <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ThailandCaveRescue</a></p>&mdash; Step Vaessen (@stepvaessen) <a href="">July 10, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

A ninth person has been seen carried out of the cave on a stretcher, a witness has told Reuters news agency.

CNN also reports a ninth boy has been rescued, citing a Thai Navy official with direct knowledge of operational details.

Four boys and their 25-year-old coach are expected to all emerge from the cave today.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">He has kept the Wild Boars calm &amp; alive for 17 days &amp; he’s only 25 years old! This is love! ❤️ <br><br> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ThailandCaveRescue</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WildBoars</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ThaiCaveRescue</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ThamLuangCave</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ekaphol</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; TeochewGirl (@angelinetay) <a href="">July 10, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen is reporting that a tenth boy has emerged from the Tham Luang cave complex.

Reuters also reported a tenth person had been seen carried out on a stretcher, citing a witness.

The Thai Navy SEALs have posted on their Facebook that the ninth boy exited the cave at 16:06 local time (09:06 GMT).

AJ has made this short animation explaining how divers are retrieving the 12 boys and their coach.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The eleventh boy has now been rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand. Here’s how the divers are retrieving 12 boys and their coach. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; AJ+ (@ajplus) <a href="">July 10, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

All 12 boys and their football coach have been rescued from a Thai cave after an 18-day ordeal, the Thai Navy SEALs said in a Facebook post, adding they were "safe."

"All 12 'Wild Boars' and coach have been extracted from the cave," the post said, adding "all are safe" and signing off with a simple "Hooyah."

Four divers who stayed with the group were still to emerge, it added.

World football association FIFA originally wanted to invite the boys and their coach to attend the World Cup final on Sunday, but that plan has been abandoned because the kids' doctors think they are not strong enough yet.

English football club Manchester United has invited the boys for a visit to their stadium, they wrote on Twitter.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MUFC</a> 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.<br><br>We would love to welcome the team from Wild Boars Football Club and their rescuers to Old Trafford this coming season. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Manchester United (@ManUtd) <a href="">July 10, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

The 12 boys and their coach have all been transported to a hospital.

Following everyone's safe return, congratulations have started to come in from across the world.

The Thai Navy SEALS who stayed in the cave with the boys for the last few days have made it out safely as well, a post on their Facebook confirmed.

Among the people congratulating the team on their safe return were US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who both posted on their Twitter account they were happy with the news all people made it out safely.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">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.</p>&mdash; Theresa May (@theresa_may) <a href="">July 10, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">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!</p>&mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="">July 10, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

Mission accomplished. God is awesome! Everyone who assisted is heroes.

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4 Comment/s
Jo No. 30907 2018-07-11 : 00:13

I am so grateful they were all rescued. RIP to the Brave Former Seal that died trying to save them.

Anonymous No. 30908 2018-07-11 : 00:15

So glad!!

Bob No. 30909 2018-07-11 : 00:22

Lexy, your article is the most interesting and informative on the soccer team. This was excellent info. Thank you so much.

Mona No. 30912 2018-07-11 : 02:03

Great story Lexy, a story of leadership, caring, courage, hope, perserversnce, sadness, disappointment-they went through it all together and succeeded. Quite a trial for all involved-we’ll understand more it further along

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