Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Thai volunteers react as cave rescue concludes

Thai volunteers react as cave rescue concludes

In the wake of the successful extraction of the youth football team trapped in a vast network of caves, Thailand Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in the rescue operation.

"His honour, sacrifice and legacy will always be in our hearts", added Prayut.

They were trapped in the Tham Luan Nang Non cave that became flooded by monsoon rains while they were exploring it after a soccer practice on June 23.

They were found on July 2 by British divers after being stuck in a deep chamber in the cave system, dubbed as "Pattaya Beach", for nine days.

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"Today was the best day, the best situation in terms of the weather, the health of the boys, our water management for our rescue effort", said rescue-operation head Narongsak Osottanakorn after the first four boys were rescued from the flooded Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai province Sunday.

Our foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the rescue operation is particularly treacherous - made more so by the fact that numerous boys are unable to swim.

Thai officials are expected to release a detailed breakdown of the escape route and rescue mission to the public eventually. Heavy rainfall was reported at the cave area before dawn Monday, July 9, 2018.

It took three different rescue trips in three days to retrieve all 12 boys and their coach from the cave.

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