The last remaining member of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach have been pulled out of a flooded cave in Thailand, bringing an end to a near three-week ordeal that prompted a huge international rescue effort.
The twelfth boy and his coach were the last of the team to be rescued Tuesday, July 10, 2018 after a complicated three-day operation to extricate the team, who became trapped on June 23 when rising flood water cut off the exit, deep inside the cave.
In the last 18 days, what began as a local search for the missing 13 turned into a complex rescue operation, involving hundreds of experts who flew in from around the world to help.
The parents of the boys have maintained a constant vigil outside the cave since they went missing, praying for their safe return.
The ninth boy has now arrived at the hospital in Chiang Rai. The 10th and 11th boys are not far behind. Conditions unknown. pic.twitter.com/q17Lu1rBVX
— Matt Rivers (@MattRiversCNN) July 10, 2018
The Thai Navy SEALs are asking for support for four more rescue workers who have yet to come out of the cave following the evacuation of 13 members of a soccer team from a cave in northern Thailand.
The post from the Thai Navy SEALs’ Facebook page reads: “Waiting for four more Thai Navy Seals [to come out of the cave] who have been accompanying the kids. Please send your support to them.”
The drama has captivated people worldwide as cave experts grappled with the problem of how to free the young, malnourished boys, some of whom couldn’t swim, from a flooded cavern as monsoon rains threatened to raise water levels even further.
Two boys rescued Tuesday are still 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.
A small number of Navy SEALs, including a doctor who stayed with the team for a week after their discovery, remain in the cave system and are expected to emerge soon.
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