This is the moment Thai soccer kids were rescued from cave

Annette Crawford
July 12, 2018

A daring rescue mission in the treacherous confines of a flooded cave in northern Thailand has saved all 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped deep within the labyrinth, ending a grueling 18-day ordeal that claimed the life of an experienced volunteer diver and riveted people around the world. He said they survived by drinking clean water dripping into the cave.

Thailand's navy SEALs, who played a central part in the rescue effort, wrote on their Facebook page: "We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what".

Chaiwetch Thanapaisal, the director of Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital, told a news conference involving officials who participated in the rescue that "everyone is strong in mind and heart".

The boys, all between the ages of 11 and 16, are now being kept largely in isolation to prevent infections from outsiders, AP reports, but most presented with few serious health conditions; some are beginning to eat solid food and walk around. It took the divers about eight hours to get into the cave, reach the boys and bring them back out. According to the Associated Press, officials revealed that the healthiest boys were taken out of the cave first. All 12 boys are being kept away from family members to prevent them from catching infections.

The global team that successfully rescued 12 Thai boys and their football coach from a flooded cave in Chiang Rai province had to think twice before making decisions, the chief of the mission, Mr Narongsak Osotthanakorn, said on Wednesday (July 11).

President Trump tweeted his congratulations, describing the emergence of the last four boys and their coach as "such a lovely moment". And the confidence of the diving team, and expertise specific to the cave, grew after its first successful mission on Sunday.

"The boys are physically and mentally fit to come out".

Thongchai said the soccer teammates are in a "very good mental state" and are showing no signs of stress.

Thailand's public-health ministry's permanent secretary, Dr. Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, said the boys were wearing protective sunglasses because their eyes had to adjust to light after having spent so long in the dark cave, The Straits Times reported.

"This area will become a living museum, to show how the operation unfolded", Osottanakorn said. "Such a lovely moment - all freed, great job!" Lit by several beams of white light, the divers in wet suits and helmets are seen submerging themselves in the water and grabbing on to a metal dive line used to guide them through the winding channels of the six-mile cave.

Thought their harrowing ordeal scored them an invitation from Federation Internationale de Football Association to attend the World Cup final in Russia, the rescued Wild Boars soccer team will not be able to attend the match.

Their image of animals working their way through a cave filled with water has 13 boars representing the boys and coach of the Wild Boars football team. However, doctors treating the boys said it was too soon for them to make the trip.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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