All 12 boys and their football coach who were trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand’s Chiang Rai province have been rescued.
Thai police and soldiers transfer a teenage football team member after being rescued from Tham Luang cave to a hospital in Chiang Rai (Photo: EPA/VNA)
The last member of the team was brought out safely from the cave on the evening of July 10, Thai Navy Seals rescuers have confirmed.
A team of 90 divers, including 50 from foreign countries, were involved in the rescue effort.
The boys – members of the Wild Boars football team, aged between 11 and 16 years – had been exploring the cave network with their soccer coach on June 23, when heavy seasonal rains flooded the cave's entrance, forcing the group further and further into the labyrinth of tunnels in search of higher ground.
They were found alive on July 2 after 10 days of being trapped in the flooded cave complex.
Earlier the same day, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told the press in Bangkok that a number of safety measures, such as installing more lights and warning signs in the cave, will be enacted to protect tourists who want to visit Tham Luang cave where the football team was trapped for over two weeks.
Located in the Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, Tham Luang cave is an adventure tourism destination in Thailand. It is often closed during the rainy season from July to December. Visitors are allowed to enter a maximum depth of 700m deep into the cave.