All 12 Boys, Soccer Coach Are Freed From Thai Cave

This brings an end to a near three-week ordeal.

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An ambulance exits from the Tham Luang cave area as operations continue for the 8 boys and their coach trapped at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 9, 2018. (YE AUNG THU / AFP)
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Mission accomplished: All 12 boys and their soccer coach have been rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand, finally ending the near three-week ordeal that prompted a huge international rescue effort. The twelfth boy and his coach were the last to be rescued on Tuesday, after a complicated three-day operation to get the team, who became trapped on June 23 when rising floodwater cut off the exit, deep inside the cave. What began as a local search for the missing 13 turned into a complex rescue mission, involving hundreds of experts who flew in from around the world to help figure out how to free the young, malnourished boys, some of whom couldn’t swim.

Two boys who were rescued Tuesday are being treated at an on-site medical center, while two others have been transported to a nearby hospital where eight of their teammates are recuperating after being rescued Sunday and Monday.

All 12 wild boars and the coach have left the cave. all safe. Now waiting to receive 4 divers to come out. Hooyah,” the Thai Navy SEALs posted on Facebook, according to CNN.

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