Thai football team rescue celebrated in the Dutch media

Nail-biting – the world has watched as the rescue was underway More

Nail-biting – the world has watched as the rescue was underway More

The 12 boys, aged 11-16, and their coach, 25, are part of Wild Boars Football Club in Thailand. All the rescued are expected to be taken to the hospital soon.

A group of men who had been helping pump water out of the cave for the past two weeks share a meal at a restaurant in Chiang Rai while watching news of the third and final rescue.

The dozen players - aged 11 to 16 - and the coach had already received an invitation from Federation Internationale de Football Association chief Gianni Infantino last week to attend the World Cup final on Sunday in Moscow - although after their traumatic experience they may not be up to the trip physically or mentally.

Fifa boss Gianni Infantino had invited the boys' Wild Boars football team to Sunday's World Cup final last week.

They spent nine harrowing days trapped in darkness until two British divers found them, looking gaunt but otherwise offering smiles to the divers and appearing to be in remarkably good spirits.

The hashtag #Hooyah was also hugely popular with Thai netizens wanting to show their support for the hundreds of rescuers, including divers from around the world, who helped to get the boys out.

After pausing the mission overnight to replace air tanks, four more boys were rescued on Monday, with the final four and their coach on Tuesday.

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"When I saw the diver and the kid on the horizon, I still didn't know if it was a casualty or if it was a kid so I was very scared", said Ivan Karadzic, one of the rescuers inside the cave.

An Australian Defence Force spokesman said Dr Harris, who made key assessments of the 12 boys on Saturday to greenlight the rescue operation, would not be speaking to the media. The rescued boys had not been identified out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped, officials had said.

Jesada said the boys are being kept away from family members to prevent them from getting an infection.

Deep inside the cave system, Dr Harris administered a mild sedative to the boys, ensuring they remained calm during the gruelling 1.7km swim to the surface. Images of the boys in their uniforms huddled together on a dry slab of rock were shared around the world as Thai officials pondered how to safely get them out.

"All are safe", they added, signing off with what has become their trademark "Hooyah" to celebrate the successful extractions of the other boys over the previous two days. "But we will have a psychiatrist evaluate them". He said they would likely be in the hospital for at least a week.

US President Donald Trump also tweeted his congratulations on the successful multinational rescue effort.

"I have one [of] the world's best engineering teams, who normally design spaceships and spacesuits, working on this thing 24 hours a day", Musk wrote in an email to Dick Stanton, one of the leaders of the search and rescue effort in Thailand, on July 8.

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