All 12 boys and soccer coach rescued from Thai cave
After more than two weeks trapped inside a cave complex in northern Thailand, all 12 boys and their soccer coach have finally been rescued.
The last four members of the youth soccer team and their coach were pulled out of the cave on Tuesday afternoon, the third day of a huge international operation to save them.
Nineteen divers assisted in the operation on Tuesday.
The boys were exploring the caves on June 23 with their coach when they were trapped inside by heavy seasonal rains. After they were found on July 2, officials cautioned it could take some time to get them out, but with heavy rain forecast to hit the region authorities decided to act.
While waiting for the last member of the Wild Boar soccer team, and the team's coach, to be rescued from the cave complex, the Thai Navy SEALs shared a message of support on their Facebook page.
In the post, the SEALs said: "Tonight, all the 'Wild Boars' will be in group again!"
All 12 boys have been rescued from the cave complex in northern Thailand, an eyewitness who is part of the rescue operations told CNN. Their coach still remains inside.
The last three members of the youth soccer team were pulled out of the cave on Tuesday afternoon, the third day of a huge international operation to save them.
The Thai rescue is continuing at a fast pace as an eleventh boy was rescued Tuesday afternoon local time, an eyewitness who is part of the rescue operations told CNN. That leaves rescuers with the task of bringing out only one more boy, and the Wild Boars' soccer coach, from the cave complex in northern Thailand.
A total of three boys have been pulled out of the cave so far on Tuesday, the third day of rescue operations.
A video shared on Facebook by the wife of Nopparat Kanthawong, the Wild Boars' head coach (not the one trapped inside the cave in northern Thailand), features a number of previously unseen photos of the team.
The photos are accompanied by a song about forgiveness, winning and losing.
At the Prasitsart School in Mae Sai, friends of Nuttawut Takumsong, one of the Wild Boar soccer team members trapped in the cave complex, told CNN they were looking forward to sharing a big plate of fried chicken, the boy’s favorite, as soon as they were reunited.
The youngest member of the team, 11-year-old Titun, also said he wanted to eat fried chicken when he got out of the cave, in a letter written to his parents.
Chicken being fried and sold on the road side is a common sight in Mae Sai, and is especially popular among the town’s school children.
Photos taken by CNN's Steve George
A tenth boy has emerged from deep within a cave complex in northern Thailand, a member of the rescue operations stationed at the entrance of the cave told CNN.
His was the second successful rescue Tuesday, the third day of a huge international operation to save the boys and their coach. Two boys and their coach remain trapped in the cave.