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MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — All 12 boys and their soccer coach have been rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand, the Thai navy SEALs said Tuesday, ending an 18-day ordeal that riveted people around the world.

The SEALs, who were central to the rescue effort, said on their Facebook page that the remaining four boys and their 25-year-old coach were all brought out safely Tuesday. Eight of the boys had been brought out of the cave by a team of Thai and international divers on Sunday and Monday.

“We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave,” the SEALs said, referring to the name of the boys’ soccer team.

“Everyone is safe,” they said.

They said they were waiting for a medic and three SEALs who had stayed with the boys in their dark refuge deep inside the cave complex to come out.

Cheers erupted at a local government office where dozens of volunteers and journalists were awaiting news of whether the intricate and high-risk rescue mission had succeeded. Helicopters taking the boys to a hospital roared overhead.

Highlighting the dangers, a former Thai navy SEAL died Friday while replenishing oxygen canisters laid at regular intervals along the route out of the sprawling Tham Luang cave.

The plight of the boys and their coach has riveted Thailand and much of the world — from the heart-sinking news that they were missing to the first flickering video of the huddle of anxious yet smiling boys when they were found 10 days later by a pair of British divers. They were trapped in the cave that became flooded by monsoon rains while they were exploring it after a soccer practice on June 23.

The eight boys brought out by divers on Sunday and Monday were doing well and were in good spirits, a senior health official said Tuesday.

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6 thoughts on “Daring Rescue Saves All 12 Boys, Soccer Coach From Thai Cave

  1. Della 1 on said:

    I am so glad they all made it out. Thank you my Lord. My prayers and condolences to the family of the seal who died trying to help them. May the Lord give you strength to survive and cope with losing a family member.

  2. jhuff on said:

    Yeah you’ll keep you’r dumb asses out of caves during the SE Asian monsoon season now.
    I could see some stupid Americans caught in that situation but dammm you live there

  3. Phoenix Rising on said:

    So happy they all made it out safe. Condolences to the family of the SEAL Team member that died trying to save them. His death was not in vain and his family should be proud.

  4. pac4me on said:

    God is so good – all the time and all the time good. The amazing strength of the coach and his desire to help those boys makes him a hero. Thank You, Jesus!

  5. eva medina langone on said:

    This was a miracle of God in answer to prayers. He held back the monsoon rains. He gave the seals the strength and knowledge to do what needed to be done. He helped the coach stay calm so that the coach could keep the boys calm and safe until help arrived. Yes, technology is wonderful, and God makes it all possible!

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