ALL 12 boys and their football coach have been rescued from a cave in northern Thailand after more than two weeks trapped by monsoon floods.
The Royal Thai Navy SEALS confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that every member of the stricken group had successfully swam through flooded passages in Tham Luang Cave to safety.
"The 12 Wild Boars and coach have emerged from the cave and they are safe," the Thai Navy SEAL unit said on its official Facebook page.
Wonderful news. After nearly three weeks trapped inside a cave complex in northern Thailand, all 12 boys and their soccer coach have been rescued, CNN reports.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) July 10, 2018
All twelve boys and their coach have been rescued, after being trapped in a cave in Thailand for 18 days. The Thai navy Seals, who have been running the operation, confirmed that all 13 members of the Wild Boar football team, have been rescued !!
— Antonio Sabáto Jr 🇺🇸 (@AntonioSabatoJr) July 10, 2018
All 12 players and their coach have been rescued from a cave in Thailand.
FIFA has invited them to the World Cup final as their guests.
I LOVE THIS GAME! pic.twitter.com/cRVyz9jB1E
— FIFA World Cup (@WorldCupHQ) July 10, 2018
The 13 members of the Wild Boars FC soccer team became trapped on June 23 when monsoon rains flooded the cave shortly after they ventured inside.
A rescue operation was launched on Sunday after further monsoon rains were forecast - with eight boys saved and transported to hospital by Monday evening.
Some 19 divers re-entered the cave today and as with previous rescues, two divers escorted the footballers to safety with tethers.
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) July 10, 2018
Great news that they made it out safely. Congratulations to an outstanding rescue team!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 10, 2018
The final five members of the club were extracted this afternoon from more than 3km inside the cave.
The group were discovered on a narrow ledge above a huge pool of murky water by two British divers around nine days after their disappearance over a week ago.
Their rescue comes after former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunan, 37, died while laying air tanks underground on Thursday.
Early tests indicate all of the boys, aged 11-17, and their 25-year-old coach could be suffering from lung infections, with full blood test results expected in the next 24 hours.
It is understood that none of the boys will be discharged for at least seven days.
We are so appreciated for all who have helped 12 trapped boys with their soccer coach in Thum Luang cave in Chiengrai, Thailand. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/lyrt7QUFIY
— SomNaiyanan (@SomNaiyanan) July 10, 2018
#MUFC is relieved to learn that the 12 footballers and their coach trapped in a cave in Thailand are now safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected.
We would love to welcome the team from Wild Boars Football Club and their rescuers to Old Trafford this coming season. pic.twitter.com/5CGMoD1Msq
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 10, 2018
As part of the wider football family, we @ReadingFC would like to send our very best wishes to the 12 footballers and their coach who have been safely rescued from a cave in Thailand. 🇹🇭 pic.twitter.com/KSl4fOqEK6
— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) July 10, 2018
All footballers and coach out of cave සම්පුර්න විස්තරයම
All 12 young footballers and their assistant coach who were trapped inside Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai for two weeks have been evacuated from the cave on day 3 of the rescue operation.https://t.co/GWGBvb62vc @nationnews pic.twitter.com/HP0ehRyq9T
— Truth First - Lanka (@ApiWenuwen) July 10, 2018