Rescue Mission Successful! Entire Thai Soccer Team Evacuated from Cave

Angelo Anderson
July 11, 2018

A twelfth person was rescued on Tuesday from a flooded Thai cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped for more than two weeks, a Reuters witness said, apparently leaving just one more to be brought out to safety.

The last three members of the "Wild boar" football team and their coach was rescued today ending a three day rescue attempt that had caught the world's attention.

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who visited the rescued boys on Monday night, confirmed yesterday that the stranded footballers were given medication to prevent anxiety and panic - identified as a key danger - while being evacuated.

People across Thailand cheered the rescue operation, including at the Mae Sai Prasitsart school where six of the trapped boys are students.

"Our thoughts are with the family of ex-Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan who died after delivering the boys oxygen. I felt like he was one of my own children and I wanted him to come home". Those evacuated so far have been taken to hospital in Chiang Rai for treatment and observation.

Officials said late Sunday they'd need to pause the operation for at least 10 hours to fill oxygen tanks that had been depleted during the first phase of the rescue mission.

An additional four boys were brought out on Monday, and the last four boys and the coach were rescued on Tuesday. This now brings the total number of rescued boys to eight.


Two of the boys are being treated for potential lung infections - but they're expected to make a full recovery.

Musk has frequently commentated on social media about his willingness to help rescue the boys. Other support staff were also on hand to help ensure everything went smoothly. The phrase, a battle cheer that the elite SEAL unit adopted from the U.S. Navy, has become an worldwide hashtag used by people to show their support and gratitude to those involved in the rescue mission.

A Thai navy SEAL Facebook post confirming all 13 had been rescued on Tuesday had more than 200,000 likes and around 56,000 shares in the space of an hour, sparking comments such as: "You are ALL HEROES!"

"Such a handsome moment - all freed, great job!"

Initially, rescuers said the boys (who are aged between 11 and 17) might have to wait until the end of the rainy season before they could be safely brought out from the cave, which would have involved waiting several months.

Doctors were being cautious because of the infection risk and were isolating the boys in the hospital.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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