Thailand cave saga over: All 12 boys and coach successfully rescued

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Journalists celebrate after a news conference near Tham Luang cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 10, 2018. Reuters

MEI SAI (AFP/Reuters) – The Tham Luang cave has delivered its miracle, with all 13 members of the Wild Boar soccer team making it to safety in one of the most inspiring rescue missions the world has witnessed.

According to multiple reports from insiders, all members of the team successfully swum through flooded passages and are out of the cave system, with the coach being the last person to be brought out, thus ending a more than two-week ordeal that has captured the attention of the world.

Earlier, Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said 19 divers were taking part in the final extraction.

Thai Navy SEALs appeared to be in good spirits, posting on Facebook they were looking forward to celebrating success.

“Today is 10 July 2018. It will be longer than previous ones. We will celebrate together finally,” they wrote.

“Hooyah!”

In the latest update on their FB page at 6.45pm, they posted: “Hooyah! 12 wild boars and coach out of the cave. Everyone’s safe. Now, waiting to pick up 4 frogs (meaning the cave divers who have been helping in the rescue mission)”

Osotthanakorn said two of the eight boys who had been rescued were being treated intravenously for pneumonia at Chang Rai hospital. He said the treatment was proving so far successful.

Narongsak said that although there was heavy rain this morning, water levels were holding stable, meaning they were able to speed up the operation.

“The team completed their set-up for the mission faster than expected and it got underway at 10am,” he said.

Narongsak said along with the five, with a doctor and three Thai SEALs who have been with the boys, have also come out.

He was presumably referring to Australian anaesthetist and diver Richard Harris, who has been with the team on the ledge monitoring their fitness to dive.

The governor said of billionaire engineer and futurist, Elon Musk, who arrived in the cave sometime this morning with a miniature submarine: “Elon Musk’s equipment is not practical.”

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