[PHOTOS] What Really Happened During The Thai Boys Rescue Mission In The Cave
The dangerous journey in and out of the cave took several hours over the course of three days.
Relief and joy spread throughout Thailand as all members of the 'Wild Boars' football team have been rescued, after having been trapped inside a cave since 23 June
1. 10 days passed before divers found the kids located about 3km from the entrance of the cave
2. The first km of the journey was the most dangerous, during which they were required to squeeze through a narrow flooded channel
3. Once they completed the first section, the boys were then handed over to a different team of rescuers, who helped them wade through rest of the cave
4. After an intense nine-hour journey, the first four boys emerged from the cave on 8 July, wearing full-faced diving masks
The waterproof masks allowed the boys to breathe through their nose and mouth underwater.
5. In between missions, the divers needed to replenish air tanks along the route to prepare for the next rescue phase
6. Over the course of three days, all boys and their coach were safely removed from the cave and are currently recovering well
The remaining five members were said to have come out on stretchers on 10 July and taken by helicopter to the hospital, reported Free Malaysia Today.
"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."
Coach Ekapol Chantawong received worldwide attention when he helped the kids remain calm throughout their 10 days of waiting in darkness: