CHIANG RAI -The five remaining survivors of the Wild Boards soccer team have been safely brought out of Tham Luang cave, ending three days of high-risk rescue operation that has captivated the world.
“The 12 Wild Boars and the coach have safely emerged from the cave,” the Thai Navy SEAL declared on its official Facebook page.
The five last survivors are on their way to joining their 8 team mates who are recovering at Chiang Rai hospital where they are being kept in an isolation ward.
It said the ninth survivor emerged from the cave at 4.06 pm, followed by the 10th and 11th at 6.18 pm. The 12th young footballer and the coach emerged at 6.44 pm.
The SEAL’s message ignited an eruption of cheers and applause’s all across the country even as ambulances were still having their lights flashing and helicopter going up and down near the entrance of Tham Luang cave preparing to bring the five survivors to hospital.
Rescue operation chief Narongsak Osotthanakorn, former governor of Chiang Rai said about 100 people were involved in the operation on Tuesday, including the 19 divers newly sent into the flooded cave.
An additional diver was added to today’s mission, likely to facilitate the egress of the boys’ 25-year-old football coach, Narongsak said.
Narongsak also said that, with the permission of the head doctor responsible for the treatment of the 8 boys now at Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital, their families might be able to pay them a visit this afternoon.
However, he said medical personnel wish to keep them under close observation for at least the next couple of days.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said this evening that the successful rescue at Tham Luang will set an example for other rescue operations in the future.
Gen.Prayut also thanked Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, for offering his help to the trapped boy footballers and their coach. He said he talked to Mr.Musk during his trip to Chiang Rai and thanked him for bringing his rescue equipment to Thailand for future use.
The Thai government will send letters to officially thank the leaders of the countries which sent their divers to join in the rescue operation at the Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai. Certificates of gratitude will be given to all of the divers.