Thailand cave rescue ended up successful as the last 4 boys trapped in the cave have been rescued, capping a herculean international rescue effort that appeared bleak just days ago.
The announcement which everyone have been waiting for, came around 6:30 p.m local time Tuesday, less than nine hours after the last leg of the operation to save the “Wild Boar” youth soccer team commenced, according to the Thai Navy SEALs.
“All 12 ‘Wild Boars’ and coach have been extracted from the cave,” the post by Thai Navy SEALs read, adding “all are safe” and signing off with a simple “Hooyah”.
While 4 divers who stayed with the group were still to emerge, people across Thailand, and the world, have cheered the rescue operation, including at the Mae Sai Prasitsart school where six of the trapped boys are students.
The SEALs later posted another message, writing, “We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science or what. All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave.”
The eight boys brought out on Sunday and Monday were in good health overall and some asked for chocolate bread for breakfast, officials said. Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around their hospital beds.
They are still being quarantined from their parents because of the risk of infection and would likely be kept in hospital for a week to undergo tests, officials said. The last four boys rescued from the Thailand cave were between ages 12 to 14.
Recall that the 25-year-old coach and his team went missing two weeks ago, in the dark and dank Tham Luang Nang Non cave in northern Thailand. The massive search-and-rescue operation started in earnest on Sunday, when the first four boys were extracted from the subterranean maze. In just three days, international dive teams managed to get all 13 out of the cave as they raced against astronomical odds and a pending monsoon rainstorm that threatened to swamp the cave again.