Relief after rescuers discover all 12 boys and their soccer coach alive deep inside a partially flooded cave in northern Thailand.
Video released by the Thai navy showed the boys in their soccer uniforms sitting on a dry area inside the cave above the water late on Monday.
Their disappearance had sparked a desperate search that drew international help and captivated the nation.
Chiang Rai provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said the 13 were in the process of being rescued, but he cautioned that they were not out of danger yet.
“We found them safe. But the operation isn’t over,” he said in comments broadcast nationwide, referring to the complicated process of extricating them.
Rescuers can be heard saying that lots more people will come to assist them in the rescue.
Rescue divers had spent much of Monday making preparations for a final push to locate the lost soccer players, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach. They disappeared when flooding trapped them after entering the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai on June 23.
Narongsak said the divers located the missing about 300 to 400 meters past a section of the cave that was on higher ground and was thought to be where the team members and their coach may have taken shelter.
“When the medics have evaluated the kids to see if their health is in good condition, we will care for them until they have enough strength to move by themselves, and then we will evaluate the situation on bringing them out again later,” Narongsak said.
So awesome! Lets hope they are all out safe and sound soon.
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