MAE SAI, Thailand – A drama that began on June 23 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 operation, ushering children equipped with diving gear – some of the boys had to be taught to swim – through a dangerous tunnel system that would challenge the most experienced cave divers.
Rescue experts and divers from around the world took part in the carefully planned operation, with each boy flanked by two rescue divers on the way to the surface.
–Tribune News Service