The intensive and highly unsafe operation to rescue the trapped group faced several formidable obstacles, including downpours, muddy floodwater, thin air, darkness, narrow choke-points and jagged and submerged sections in the cave complex.
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The boys and their coach went missing after football practice on 23 June, setting out on an adventure to explore the cave complex near the border with Myanmar and celebrate a boy's birthday. Rescuers found them on July 2.
A Thai navy SEAL Facebook post confirming all 13 had been rescued on Tuesday had more than 200,000 likes and around 56,000 shares in the space of an hour, sparking comments such as: "You are ALL HEROES!"
Some of the world's best cave divers have gathered at the cave in recent weeks for the mission. The boys had to travel that entire distance tethered to two cave divers with oxygen tanks. USA military personnel also helped.
"Although his technology is good and sophisticated, it's not practical for this mission", the rescue chief said. Another four were rescued Monday while the final four and their soccer coach were pulled out Tuesday. "We can see that everything is ok as they're eating well", he said.
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The first three children brought out this morning were treated first in a field hospital before they were stable enough to be transported to a normal hospital, reported the NOS from Thailand. About 100 people were involved with the rescue efforts.
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The rescuers have been learning from experience and were two hours faster in bringing the second batch of survivors out on Monday.
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Medical staff say the eight boys freed from the cave on Sunday and Monday are "healthy and smiling", but two may have a lung infection. The first four evacuees had already removed their eye-protecting sunglasses and had started taking solid food. Former Chiang Rai provincial governor Narongsak Osatanakorn, who has been managing the rescue efforts, told a rowdy crowd in the city that the success of the mission was attributable to "the power of love".