Thai volunteers react as cave rescue concludes

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 12, 2018

Three of the 12 boys are seen recovering in their hospital beds after being rescued along with their coach from a flooded cave in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand.

In the speech which lasted 3.45 minutes, he extended his "sincerest gratitude" to all who had been involved in the 17-day operation, including volunteers, government officials, private companies and the media, as well as the moral support given by people from across the world.

"His honour, sacrifice and legacy will always be in our hearts", added Prayut.

The youngsters and their 25-year-old coach have been trapped for more than two weeks after heavy rains flooded the sprawling cave network, comprising caverns connected by tight passages.

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Four medics who have been accompanying the group since they were found on July 2 deep inside Luang Khun Nam Nang Non cave will also dive out with them, Narongsak said. "Such a lovely moment - all freed, great job!"

On Sunday, it took 11 hours to bring out four persons.

The 3.45-minute speech took place a day after the last of the stranded Mu Pa Academy footballers were brought out of the cave on Tuesday evening, marking a happy ending to the 17-day operation in which Thai and worldwide rescuers joined hands. The first group of four was rescued on Sunday, following by a second group of four on Monday and the last five were freed on Tuesday (July 10). The rescued boys are said to be in "high spirits".

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