Thailand: All 12 boys and football coach successfully saved from cave
Updated : Wednesday, July 11, 2018 9:37 AM (GMT+0700)

All12 boys and their football coach who were trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand’sChiang Rai province have been rescued.

Thai police and soldiers transfer a teenage football team member after being rescued
from Tham Luang cave to a hospital in Chiang Rai - Photo: EPA / VNA

The last member of the teamwas brought out safely from the cave on the evening of July 10, Thai Navy Sealsrescuers have confirmed.

A team of 90 divers,including 50 from foreign countries, were involved in the rescue effort.

The boys – members of theWild Boars football team, aged between 11 and 16 years – had been exploring thecave network with their soccer coach on June 23, when heavy seasonal rainsflooded the cave's entrance, forcing the group further and further into thelabyrinth of tunnels in search of higher ground.

They were found alive onJuly 2 after 10 days of being trapped in the flooded cave complex.

Earlier the same day, ThaiPrime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told the press in Bangkok that a number ofsafety measures, such as installing more lights and warning signs in the cave,will be enacted to protect tourists who want to visit Tham Luang cave where thefootball team was trapped for over two weeks.

Located in the Khun Nam NangNon Forest Park, Tham Luang cave is an adventure tourism destination inThailand. It is often closed during the rainy season from July to December.Visitors are allowed to enter a maximum depth of 700m deep into the cave.


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