Meet the heroic Navy SEALs from the Thailand cave rescue

Posted July 11, 2018

A Chilean miner who spent more than two months trapped underground told AFP he was celebrating the rescue of 12 Thai boys and their football coach who were imprisoned in a flooded cave for 18 days.

"The equipment they brought to help us is not practical with our mission", Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osotthanakorn, the head of the rescue efforts, said of the billionaire's technology, according to BBC.

Trained divers from the U.S., the U.K., Canada and elsewhere flew to Thailand to offer their expertise and help escort the team out through the flooded cave passages.

The rescued boys had not been identified out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped, officials had said.

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When British divers finally arrived on the scene, videos showed the boys looking eerily calm, smiling weakly for the cameras - with Mr Chanthawong the weakest of them all after reportedly sharing out much of his own food rations to the boys.

The rescue process started at 10am local time on Sunday and involved 13 worldwide divers and five Thai navy seals, who were referred to as "an all-star team" by NarongsakOsatanakorn, who is the Governor of Chiang Rai province and head of the joint command centre coordinating the rescue.

Musk and his team of engineers at SpaceX and The Boring Co. designed and built a mini-submarine to help rescue a soccer team of 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach. One diver said in a Facebook post that he had spent 63 hours in the cave system over the past nine days. Global experts set up rescue communications, while Thai villagers set up coffee stalls and massage stations.

The rescue missions take almost half a day to complete. The entire Wild Boar youth soccer team and its coach have been safely removed from a cave in Thailand. The hospital has sent test samples from the boys to a lab in Bangkok.

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They say the four boys and coach rescued Tuesday, after other rescues in the previous two days, are all safe. On Tuesday, the final four boys were brought out, along with their coach.

The Thai navy SEALs - along with the worldwide team of divers who traveled to Mae Sai, the town nearest the cavern, to help - have quickly become immortalized as modern-day superheroes in various pieces of artwork.

President Donald Trump joined those paying tribute to the rescuers.

All 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for more than two weeks deep inside a flood Thai cave have been rescued, a Thai navy SEAL unit said on Tuesday, a successful end to a perilous mission that has gripped the world. "Such a attractive moment - all freed, great job!"

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It is believed that the second lot of boys are in better health than the first four who were brought out first because they were deemed the "weakest". They entered the cave after a soccer practice and soon found themselves trapped when heavy rains flooded the complex. One had a very slow heartbeat but had responded well to treatment, Chokedamrongsook said.