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12 football team boys and coach found safe at Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai

12 football team boys and coach found safe at Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai. Photo: Royal Thai Navy SEAL.

Five Thai Navy SEAL members and 13 foreign divers from United Kingdom, Europe, USA and Australia have begun a rescue operation to try to extract the 12 boys and coach out of Tham Luang cave, chief of the rescue mission announced at 10.30 am on Sunday morning. Chiang Rai Governor told the media the current weather and conditions in the cave are “most appropriate” for the rescue operation, as heavy rains are expected.

The 12 boys from a local junior football team named the Wild Boars and their coach have been trapped in the cave since June 23, after being blocked in by rainwater while exploring the cave. A ranger of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation alerted authorities to the missing group.

Tuesday July 10th, 2018

18:51 – BREAKING: All boys and coach freed after 18-day stranded inside Tham Luang cave, Australian news media report.

18:08 – All soccer kids have been rescued out of the cave in Chiang Rai, only the coach now left to be rescued from the cave.

17:55 – 12th boy is on his way to the cave entry, the coach is at the third chamber, local media said.

17:40 – 11th boy reported rescued from cave on day 3 of rescue operations in Mae Sai. Just one boy and the coach left inside the cave.

15:58 – Tenth boy rescued from Tham Luang cave, Reuters reports.

15:58 – Ninth boy rescued from cave. Ambulance seen leaving Tham Luang site, AP reports.

12:50 – Divers enter Tham Luang cave to bring out last trapped group of boys and coach.

10:42 – Final Rescue Begins: “boys and coach will come out today”, cave rescue commander says.

10:42 – Four boys rescued last nigh in quarantine in Chiang Rai hospital, local authorities say.

05:00 – Billionaire Elon Musk delivers ‘child size’ submarine to Tham Luang Cave, but won’t be used.

Monday July 9th, 2018

21:30 – Former governor of Chiang Rai province and rescue operations commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn promises last 5 survivors to be extracted tomorrow.

20:45 – South Australian doctor Richard Harris among experts in Thailand cave rescue.

20:26 – Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has arrived at the cave site, according the Government of Thailand Facebook page.

19:08 – Eighth boy rescued from Tham Luang cave. Four still remain trapped in the cave with their football coach.

18:10 – 6th and 7th boys have now been rescued from the cave in Chiang Rai.

17:40 – Fifth boy rescued from the cave and brought to hospital. Rescue mission continues to extract the remaining eight.

14:48 – Cave rescue resumes after 4 boys safely extracted. About 18 divers entered the cave in Chiang Rai.

14:22 – Engineers test a small submarine designed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX and The Boring Company to help rescue the remaining members of the soccer team.

13:20 – The same divers who rescued the first four boys will also conduct the next operation as they know the cave conditions and what to do, interior minister Anupong Paochinda said.

12:50 – Thai and foreign rescue teams ready for the next phase of the operation to free 8 boys and their coach who remain trapped inside Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai.

11:00 – Thai PBS: Remaining 8 boys and coach to be rescued “as soon as possible” Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said.

Sunday July 8th, 2018

22:20 – After the successful evacuation of at least four boys from the cave, rescue operations are now temporarily suspended and will be resumed early morning tomorrow.

21:00 – There are still 9 left inside the cave. They will be brought out in about 10 hours from now.

20:58 – 90 divers, 50 foreign and 40 Thai, are involved in the cave rescue, the head of the rescue operation says.

20:39 – The last 7 survivors are in the 3rd chamber of Tham Luang cave.

19:55 – At least four boys have been rescued from Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai, some sources claim six boys rescued.

19:47 – The #ThaiNavySEAL Facebook page confirms 4 of the boys have exited the Tham Luang caves.

19:30 – A local official says the first boys have been rescued from the cave, Reuters said.

19:20 – Thai autorities have confirmed that 3 boys are out of the cave and have been taken to hospital for treatment.

17:37 – First 2 boys have been rescued from Tham Luang cave.

16:00 – Buddhist monk arrives to offer blessings and pray at the cave.

In remembrance of Saman Kunan, the former Thai Navy SEAL from Roi Et who died during cave rescue operations.

A cartoon inspired by the rescue operation goes viral on social networks.