Thai Boys, Coach Are All Out of the Cave

Thai Navy SEALs confirm the rescue is complete
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2018 7:07 AM CDT
Thai Navy SEALs: Rescue Is Complete
This photo tweeted by Elon Musk shows efforts underway to rescue trapped members of a youth soccer team from a flooded cave in northern Thailand.   (Courtesy of Elon Musk via AP)

With the "rain god" apparently on the side of Thai rescuers, the nation's most infamous flooded cave is now empty after a two-week ordeal that gripped the world, reports Reuters. "The 12 Wild Boars and coach have emerged from the cave and they are safe," Thai Navy SEALs confirm via Facebook post. The heavy rains authorities were worried about cleared over the course of the day, facilitating the third day of the rescue, Reuters reports. Four boys were rescued on Sunday and four on Monday, and the rescues happened at a faster rate Tuesday, possibly because rescuers are now very familiar with the cave system in northern Thailand where the youth soccer team and their coach became trapped on June 23.

The youngest member of the group, 11-year-old Chanin Wiboonrungrueng, is believed to be among those rescued Tuesday, the Guardian reports. Like other boys stretchered from the cave entrance, he will be transported to a hospital in Chiang Rai to recuperate. Authorities say the rescued boys are in high spirits and generally healthy, but they will probably be kept in the hospital for observation for seven days to be on the safe side, the AP reports. Authorities also thanked Elon Musk for traveling to the area and offering help, though his mini-sub was not needed in the rescue. (More Thailand stories.)

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