Soccer team, coach freed from flooded cave in Thailand after three days of rescue operations

Source: Washington Examiner | July 10, 2018 | Katelyn Caralle

The last five kids and their soccer coach on Tuesday were freed from a flooded cave in Thailand on the third day of rescue operations.

According to a Thai Navy SEAL unit, all 12 boys and their 25-year-old soccer coach were rescued successfully from the cave in Northern Thailand where they were trapped for over two weeks.

“The 12 Wild Boars and coach have emerged from the cave and they are safe,” the Thai navy SEAL unit said on its official Facebook page.

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The rescue operation began on Sunday, when four boys, who were accompanied by Navy SEALs, were freed from the cave. Four more were rescued on Monday, and the remaining four boys and the coach were rescued on the third and final day.

According to the head of the operation, Narongsak Osottanakorn, they expected the final leg of the rescue efforts to be “more challenging” because one more survivor would need to be brought out than previous days.

Twelve boys between the ages of 11-16 on the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach were trapped June 23 while exploring a cave after soccer practice and were trapped after an unexpected downpour flooded parts of the cave.

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