12 Boys and their soccer coach are found alive after 10 days of agony inside a flooded cave. The rescue team including divers struggled through narrow passage to discover boys stranded from past 10 days. Rescuers found boys on an elevated rock about 4 kilometers from the opening of the cave.
The governor of the Chiang Rai province said that the 13 people have to wait in the cave for some more time rescuers are working out how to bring them back safely.
Two British divers, John Volanthen and Rick Stanton, were first to reach the boys, having had strong experience in cave rescues, according to Bill Whitehouse, the vice chairman of the British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC).
A video shot by rescuers in flickering torchlight revealed boys clad in shorts and red and blue shirts sitting or standing on the rock above an expanse of water.
“How many of you are there – 13? Brilliant,” a member of the multinational rescue team, speaking in English, tell the boys. “You have been here 10 days. You are very strong.”
“Thank you,” one of the boys says.
One of the boys asks when they will get out of the cave, to which the rescuer answers: “Not today. You have to dive.”
The whole nation prayed for the survival of the boys and now when they are found in good shape the people are now greeting this news with huge relief. Relatives of the boys, who have been at a shelter near the cave hoping for a breakthrough, were seen cheering, smiling and receiving calls after being given the news.
Aged between 11 and 16, the boys went missing with the 25-year-old after soccer practice on June 23 after they set out to explore the Tham Luang cave complex in a forest park near Thailand’s northern border with Myanmar.