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BREAKING: After 17 Days Trapped In Flooded Thai Cave, All 12 Boys And Their Coach Have Been Rescued

By - 10th July 2018

BREAKING NEWS: A truly unbelievable event has just happened today! The 12 boys and their football coach have all managed to be rescued from the cave in Thailand that held them captive for 17 days! It’s a harrowing story that has captivated the entire world and, thankfully, they’ve all come out alive! This Thai cave rescue has shaken and captured the attention of the entire world.

Over two weeks ago, 12 boys and their football coach walked into a cave after football practice in northern Thailand.

The boys who are part of the Moo Pa (Wild Boars) football team became trapped when heavy rains flooded the Tham Luang cave. The heavy rain flooded many parts of the cave leaving the group trapped and their escape route blocked.

There were many methods and plans for rescuing the football team from the cave. The video below from Channel News Asia explains the vast cave, showing how difficult the rescue would be.

The Royal Thai Navy has been working tirelessly to get a water pumping system at the entrance of the flooded cave to try and drain as much water as possible to make the rescue easier.

The boys and their coach have been trapped in Mae Sai of the Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand since June 23rd.

Thai cave rescue

The story has been very intense with many parents fearing that their children would not make it out alive

Ekapol “Ake” Chantawong, 25, spent several years as a Buddhist monk prior to becoming a football coach. He’s been using meditation techniques with the boys to conserve energy and keep them all calm.

He wrote a letter to the parents, apologising for taking the boys into the cave network. Several parents replied saying they do not blame him for what happened.

I promise I will take care of the kids as best as I can.

Many reports stated that Ake was the weakest. Ake refused to eat any of the food they had brought with them. Instead, he shared his rations and water with the rest of the boys.

Ake also wrote a letter to his aunt and grandmother, “Do not worry too much about me. Take good care of your health.”

Please prepare vegetable juice and pork rind for me. I’ll have them when I can get out. Thanks.

The news that the 12 boys and their coach have been rescued has come as a huge relief to millions in Thailand and around the world

We’ve all followed this heart-pounding story every step of the way and we’re so happy to find they’re all out of the cave and safe.

The boys who are aged between 11 and 16 ventured into the dry cave when heavy downfall hit them after football practice on June 23rd. Suddenly the rain started pouring in and the floodwaters raised higher and higher.

Divers brought food and supplies to the trapped football team and a Navy doctor was sent to care for them

During the rescue, on the 6th of July, former Thai navy diver Saman Gunan died after losing consciousness in the cave while delivering air tanks to the trapped kids and the coach. Saman died a hero getting vital oxygen to the stranded children.

Saman Gunan, the Ex-Navy diver who sadly passed away delivering vital oxygen to the Wild Boars team who were trapped in the cave

His death, sadly, only underlined how dangerous the rescue operation was. That’s when the rescue team knew they had to work rapidly as more heavy rain was set to come.

In three round trips, the boys were guided out by expert divers, navigating narrow underwater passageways and difficult points. At some point, parts were so narrow that their oxygen tanks had to be removed from their backs.

We’re just so happy they all made it out, in fact, it goes to show that miracles do exist!

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