Thai Cave Rescue: ALL 12 Boys and Their Coach Were Successfully Saved – See How the Operation Was Held in Photos (UPD)


After spending almost two weeks trapped in the cave, all 12 boys and their coach have been rescued.

This is a developing story. Keep on reading for more details and updates.


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Updated July 10th:

  • A twelfth person has been seen being carried out of the cave, a witness has told Reuters. The team’s coach is also successfully rescued.

  • The Guardian has confirmed that 11 people have now been rescued from the cave.
  • Two more boys was brought out of the cave complex in northern Thailand on Tuesday, the third day of rescue operations. The boys are being treated at the medical facility on site, according to a Thai navy official with direct knowledge of the operational details.
  • Ten of the 12 boys have now been rescued. Two boys and their coach remain in the cave.


Source: AFP

  •  The first eight boys rescued asked for chocolate bread.
  • Hundreds of volunteers have been working around the clock — many from all across Thailand — cooking and serving up food for the rescue workers and assorted media stationed at the command center near the Tham Luang cave complex.


Source: AFP

  • Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around their hospital beds.
  • The boys will remain in hospital for at least a week and remain in isolation to protect their health.
  • The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk was in Thailand on Monday touring the cave where a team of 12 soccer players, aged 11 to 16, became stuck. Musk says he’s there to help and even brought his kid-sized submarine with him. However, it was never used but still could be helpful in future.

First saved boys 

Operations to remove boys and their coach from the cave in northern Thailand have completed for the day, according to an eyewitness who is part of the rescue operations stationed at the entrance of the cave.

The total number of boys pulled from the cave Monday is four, following the four that were pulled Sunday.

The first members of a youth soccer team trapped with their coach in a flooded cave in northern Thailand have been rescued and are on their way to hospital, local officials said on Sunday.


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The second phase is underway of the rescue of the boys and their coach trapped in a cave in Thailand, officials said. The rescue operation started around 11 a.m. local time (midnight ET) and will take several hours.

The rescue mission was due to resume on Monday and would be conducted by the same diving team that retrieved the first five boys already, Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda said Monday.

Anupong said divers needed to place more air canisters along the underwater route to where the boys and their coach are located — a process that can take several hours.


Source: Thai Navy via AP

How was the rescue operation held?

Four boys were rescued and taken to hospital in the first phase of the operation to the trapped soccer team. According to the head of the rescue operation, the healthiest boys were the first to be taken out.

The boys wore full face masks to dive in as a team of 13 foreign and Thai diving experts guided the boys out of the flooded cave complex. More oxygen supplies will need to be prepared as the first day of evacuations heavily depleted the rescuers’ supplies.

Several ambulances were seen leaving the cave site while helicopters were also reportedly used to bring the boys to a nearby hospital.

Local government officials said 13 foreign divers and five members of Thailand’s navy SEAL unit are taking part in the long and dangerous operation to the 12 young soccer players and their 25-year-old coach.


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Also here’s the full explanation in pictures how the operation is held and how the boys are being rescued.

How long will it take to save others?

The head of rescue operations said the next phase of evacuations will resume in 10 to 20 hours. The entire rescue operation, which started on Sunday morning, is expected to take two to three days to complete, as each round trip from the rescue camp in the cave to the site where the boys and their coach are located takes 11 hours.

Rescuers are racing against time to evacuate the team and their coach as heavy downpours are expected to hit the area in the next few days.


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How can Elon Musk help?

Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk shared photos and videos of a metallic pod that may help rescue a group of boys trapped in a cave in Thailand. Footage shared on Musk’s Twitter account shows a group testing the device in a Los Angeles high school swimming pool.

Musk said in a tweet Sunday evening that the pod — or “kid-size submarine” — was en route to Thailand and would arrive in about 17 hours.

“Hopefully useful,” he said in one tweet. “If not, perhaps it will be in a future situation.”

His updates came after US and Thai officials confirmed Sunday that four boys had been rescued from a flooded cave network after spending 15 days trapped along with their soccer team and coach. They were escorted out by a group of Thai and international divers.

Last week a Twitter user asked the Tesla, SpaceX, and Boring Company CEO whether he could provide any assistance with the recovery of the 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach who have been stuck in a Thai cave for nearly two weeks, and Musk replied in the affirmative a few hours later.


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Thai Cave Rescue: ALL 11 Boys from Soccer Team Saved While Only Coach Remain Trapped - See How the Operation Goes in Photos (UPD)
Thai Cave Rescue: ALL 11 Boys from Soccer Team Saved While Only Coach Remain Trapped - See How the Operation Goes in Photos (UPD)
After spending almost two weeks trapped in the cave, first four boys have been rescued and eight other soccer team members and their coach are still waiting inside the cave. Keep on reading for more details and updates.

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