All boys plus coach now rescued

The huge cave  rescue effort in Thailand has been successful, with all twelve boys plus their football coach now rescued.

Unfortunately one rescue diver died last week while preparing for the rescue.

RNZ: Football team and coach successfully rescued from Thai cave

The remaining “Wild Boars” and their coach have emerged from a flooded cave in northern Thailand and been taken to hospital.

The rescue mission commander, Narongsak Osottanakorn has confirmed that all 12 boys, their coach, and four Thai Navy SEALS who spent a week underground with them, have been brought out.

A team of Thai Navy SEALS and foreign divers guided four boys out on Sunday and a further four on Monday through narrow, murky flooded channels from deep inside the Tham Luang cave where they had been stranded for more than two weeks.

Read more on the final rescue as it happened.

Very good news.


  1. Ray

     /  July 11, 2018

    So nice to have a good news story, of course not so good news for the dead diver’s family but that’s life.

  2. NOEL

     /  July 11, 2018

    Lot of fingers around the world can now be uncrossed.
    Well done to all involved.

    • It was wonderful to hear this morning that they are all out.

      Talk about a team effort, all races and religions united in the cause, the world watching and hoping. so many ‘unsung heroes’ doing things to make life easier for the rescue workers.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  July 11, 2018

    Superbly professional effort. So tragic that a rescuer died.

  4. Gezza

     /  July 11, 2018

    Brilliant news. This assistant coach kept these boys alive. He gave them his food, ma tells me. I hope he is forgiven & thanked.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 11, 2018

      He will live now with Saman Guman’s death on his conscience. Not easy.

      • Gezza

         /  July 11, 2018

        Exactly. A lifetime’s regret for one decision probably taken with the best of intentions.

        • It has united people all over the world.

          The image of the rescue workers sleeping on the ground, looking utterly exhausted even in their sleep as if they had just collapsed and gone to sleep as they did was very moving.

  5. Zedd

     /  July 11, 2018

    “ka mau te wehi”

    I hear a couple of ‘hollywood’ producers are circling ?
    coming soon ??
    ‘The Cave’ starring Arnie & Sylvester.. Hugh Jackman as the Aussie doctor ? :/

    • Corky

       /  July 11, 2018

      Corky as the Kiwi freelance diver. Kitty as the unloved camp cook. Parti as an outlawed communist preacher.

      Folks, we have a mega hit in the making.

      • Gezza

         /  July 11, 2018

        Can I be the bhuddist monk?

        • Corky

           /  July 11, 2018

          I couldn’t work out a role for you. By all means ,yes. A Buddhist Abbot. No sense having a small role.

          • Corky can be the dirt in the water that made them ill.

            • Needless to say that there was not a single ‘camp cook’ but a large team of people doing the cooking, and that these were very much appreciated,

            • Corky

               /  July 11, 2018

              ”Needless to say there was not a single ‘camp cook’’

              I stand in awe of your perceptions and factual commentary. Who would have guessed…not a single camp cook.

              There goes my budding career as a script writer.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  July 12, 2018

              One has to have a certain degree of literacy to be any sort of writer.

              You, of course, didn’t let the facts stand in the way of a chance to be gratuitously spiteful.

        • Zedd

           /  July 11, 2018

          great minds think alike gezza 🙂

  6. lurcher1948

     /  July 11, 2018

    YAWN,whats next boys/WILD BOARS? swimming with the white pointer sharks, surviving in a Thia canned fish plant, as my wife said HOW DID THEY GET IN SO FAR IN and couldn’t get out, YAWN,put up