All 13 Trapped In The Cave Have Been Safely Rescued In Thailand's "Mission Impossible"
Yesterday, 10 July, the remaining five trapped in the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai since 23 June were successfully rescued, marking the end of a three-day long operation
"We don't know if this is a miracle, science, or what. All 13 'Wild Boars' are now out of the cave," wrote the Thai Navy SEALS in a statement posted on Facebook, adding that, "All are safe."
"Today Thai people, team Thailand, achieved mission impossible," said Mission chief and Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osottanakorn on Tuesday evening, The Guardian reported.
According to Free Malaysia Today, the last five of the group were brought out of the cave on stretchers over the course of the day and taken to the hospital via helicopter. They had been trapped in the cave for 18 days.
A rescue operation was officially launched on Sunday, 8 July. By its second day, eight of the boys had been rescued.
"No kid has cave dived like this before," said diver Ivan Karadzic, who was stationed near a notoriously difficult stretch of the cave about half-way along, The BBC reported.
"Incredibly strong kids. Unbelievable, almost," he added.
According to News.com.au, a health official revealed during a press conference at the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital that the first eight rescued boys were suffering from fevers, mild coughs, and low heart rates. At least two may have contracted a lung infection known as "cave disease."
The boys are being quarantined from their parents to avoid a risk of infection and will likely be kept in hospital for a week to undergo tests, Channel NewsAsia reported.
"They're hungry a lot and want to eat a variety of food, but at this stage we're giving food that is easily digested and bland," said Dr Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, adding that, "They asked for bread with chocolate, which we think is okay."
Osottanakorn described the search and rescue effort as a "United Nations team"
Netizens from all over the world took to social media to celebrate the good news and thank those involved for their contributions