Boys and coach found alive in Thai cave

After a junior soccer team and their coach were trapped in a 10 km cave in a mountain in Thailand on Saturday 23 June (nine days ago) there was a sustained rescue attempt by Thai and international teams, often battling flood conditions.

The boys and coach have now been found alive.

Reuters: Junior soccer team found alive in Thai cave after nine days

Twelve boys and their assistant soccer coach have been found alive by rescuers inside a Thai cave complex nine days after they went missing, Chiang Rai province’s governor said on Monday.

The boys, aged between 11 and 16, went missing with the 25-year-old after soccer practice on June 23 after they set out to explore the Tham Luang cave complex in a forest park near by the border with Myanmar.

“Thai Navy seals have found all 13 with signs of life,” Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters who have been following the increasingly desperate search that has gripped the country.

Relatives of the boys, who have been at a shelter near the cave hoping for a breakthrough, were seen cheering, smiling and receiving calls after being given the news. Rescuers shook hands and congratulated each other as occasional cheers broke out.

It remains unclear whether any of the group are injured or in need of medical attention, but they have been given energy gels to sustain them while a plan is worked out to bring them to safety.

The shouldn’t have had a problem with thirst, but presumably will be hungry.

3 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  July 3, 2018

    Just woke up to video of these boys on Aljaz tv.. I really thought they’d all be found dead. Brilliant news. Fantastic. Great job by their rescuers. Fingers crossed, but I reckon they’ll all get out ok now. Man I’m feeling really happy & I don’t even know these people.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  July 3, 2018

      Ditto to all those remarks.I can’t believe how happy I was to see the headline !!!

      I was sure that they’d either never be found or be found drowned. I wouldn’t mind betting that they were equipped in some way, as wise trampers are.

  2. Zedd

     /  July 3, 2018

    good news