MAE SAI, Thailand — A nightmare that began on 23 June for 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach ended Tuesday evening when the last five of the group were taken from a flooded cave in northern Thailand, triggering joy and celebration across the country.
The Thai navy SEALs confirmed that all four boys and the coach were safe.
The rescue was a triumphant close to an audacious rescue, ushering children in diving gear who could barely swim through a dangerous tunnel system that would challenge the most experienced cave divers.
Tuesday’s rescue was the most challenging yet. Instead of the four boys saved in each of Sunday and Monday’s missions, the final mission had to extract five of the trapped group, plus an army doctor and three navy SEALs who had stayed underground with the boys.
The boys were taken by ambulance and helicopter to a hospital after they came out of the caves.
(Sasiwan Mokkasen contributed to this report. Special correspondent Styllis reported from Mae Sai and Times staff writer Dixon from Beijing.)
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