All 12 Boys And Their Coach Have Been Rescued From The Cave That Trapped Them

"12 wild pigs and coaches out of the cave. Safe everyone."

All twelve boys trapped inside a Tham Luang Nang cave in Thailand have been rescued, along with their coach,  according to The New York Times.

Rescue workers feared the boys might be stuck inside the six-mile maze of underground passageways for the coming months because of monsoon rains and flooding inside the cave. But, as widely reported by news outlets, the remainder of the Wild Boars soccer team had been rescued, bringing the total who have found safety to thirteen.

The Thai Navy Seals announced the successful mission on Facebook, writing (as translated by Buzzfeed): "12 wild pigs and coaches out of the cave.Safe everyone. This time, waiting to pick up 4 Frogs."

The "frogs" are the rescue personnel that had stayed in the caves while the boys waited to be freed.

Rescue workers and Thai officials were initially skeptical they could extract the boys before flooding inside the cave got worse. But a dam that was holding water at bay, a tightening of guiding rope for divers inside the cave and a fresh set of air tanks helped speed up the second day of rescue efforts, according to The New York Times

The rescued boys have been transferred to a hospital in the province of Chiang Rai, where news organizations from around the world have been anxiously waiting to spot them. They are expected to spend at least a week there, in a preventive measure.

On Sunday, it took 11 hours to rescue four of the boys, but on Monday the rescue workers — aided by volunteers from all over the world — took just nine hours to get the boys from the cave. 

The morning of the rescue, Thailand's United Nations delegation tweets its gratitude to all of the individuals who had contributed to the search and rescue efforts.

" It doesn't matter how deep the caves may be, because what's much deeper is the depth of benevolence and kind hearts," the delegation wrote.

Cover image via LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images.


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