Twelfth person rescued from Thai cave on third day of operation

Courtesy MGN Online

Courtesy MGN Online

What followed was a massive search-and-rescue operation involving hundreds of divers and volunteers, who finally spotted the boys and their coach 10 days after they went missing.

Rescuers freed the last four of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from the cave on Tuesday, a successful end to a mission that gripped the world for more than two weeks.

The boys and their soccer coach as they were found in a dark, partially flooded cave, in Mae Sai, on July 2 after 10 days totally cut off from the outside world.

The 12 boys, part of a football team, and their coach were stranded in Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand on June 23.

The eight boys brought out on Sunday and Monday were in good health overall and some asked for chocolate bread for breakfast, officials said earlier.

A spokesperson from the Thai public health authority said that they were in "high spirits" and also claimed that as they are football players, they have high immune systems.

According to Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-chau the boys were given "anti-anxiety" medication before they began making their journey out of the caves, the Guardian reports.

President Donald Trump joined those paying tribute to the rescuers.

In the piece, 12 small boars, to represent the 12 boys from the Wild Boars soccer team, bound through the water, safely escorted by frogs, representing the divers, and seals, referring to the navy SEALs.

Despite the heavy rain that fell the night before the third and final rescue, the water levels didn't rise, which meant it was possible for the boys and their coach to walk and wade through a longer distance underground.

"They are diving in something considered (an) extremely hazardous environment in zero visibility, the only light that is in there is the torch light we bring".

Here is how what the rescue chief called "Mission Impossible" unfolded over 72 hours as Thailand and much of the world anxiously awaited news of the boys' fate.

Narongsak said the rescued boys had not been identified out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped.

A second mission, which rescued another four boys, commenced on Monday, July 9. "Such a attractive moment - all freed, great job!" he wrote. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected".

The worldwide soccer federation, FIFA, had already invited the boys to attend the World Cup final in Russia this Sunday.

Musk has offered a "kid-sized" submarine, named Wild Boar after the kids' soccer team, to help in the rescue operation.

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