Thai boys trapped in cave found alive after nine days underground


Chiang Rai, Thailand- Late on Monday night twelve boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded Thai cave for nine days were found alive, which brought great relief for their parents and families that have been anxiously waiting for any good news.

There had been no contact with the boys and coach when they went missing on June 23, the boys were aged 11 and 16.

The rescue effort had international experts to help find the boys, but their efforts were hampered after days of heavy rain that flooded Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand, this blocked the chambers where they hoped the group would be found alive.

But on Monday Chiang Rai provincial governor broke the news of their rescue by naval divers, the news was a huge sigh of relief for the nation which has anxiously followed every twist and turn of the dramatic effort to save them.

Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters, who surprisingly startiong applauding and cheering, “We found all 13 safe… we will take care of them until they can move,”

“We will bring food to them and a doctor who can dive. I am not sure they can eat as they have not eaten for a while.”

But what the condition the group was found was not clear.

However relatives of the group gathered near the cave in an increasingly desperate vigil hugged and smiled as news of the miracle rescue filtered back.

“I’m so glad… I want him to be physically and mentally fit,” said Tinnakorn Boonpiem, whose 12-year-old son Mongkol is among the 13.

“I found out from the television… I’m so happy I can’t put it into words,” another relative of one of the group told television reporters with tears of joy streaming down his cheeks.

Photo Credit- Siasat

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