Posted on Jul 8, 2018

    These Dramatic Photos Show The Challenging Rescue Of The Boys Trapped Inside A Flooded Cave In Thailand

    All 12 boys and their soccer coach have been safely freed after being trapped for two weeks in the 6-mile-long cave.

    All twelve boys and their soccer coach have been safely freed from a 6-mile-long cave where they have been trapped since the 23 June.

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    The rescue mission, which was undertaken in three stages, was completed on Tuesday.

    Thai Navy Seals

    Rescue workers began a Herculean operation on Sunday to try to free 12 boys and their soccer coach who have been trapped for two weeks in the 6-mile-long cave in Thailand.

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    As the first stage of the rescue operation drew to a close late Sunday night, four of the boys had been brought out of the cave alive.

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    The operation to rescue the remaining eight boys and their coach will resume on Monday.

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    Oxygen supplies will need to be replenished before the operation can continue.

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    The rescued boys were driven away from the scene in ambulances and taken to the hospital, where they will be evaluated and possibly treated.

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    The group went missing on June 23 and was found alive by divers July 2 on a small ledge above the water in a section of the 6-mile-long Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex.

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    So far, 18 divers have entered the cave. Two expert divers have accompanied each boy out of the cave. They will have to walk along a stretch of the cave, guided by a rope.

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    Some of the rescuers, pictured here, stopped for a rest.

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    Many people gathered to watch as the rescued boys left the scene.

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    It had been thought that the rescue mission could take months. Though water levels in the cave have dropped, the journey remains dangerous even for experienced divers.

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    Medics are ready to attend to the boys when they emerge, before they are taken to the hospital.

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    Lillian Suwanrumpha / AFP / Getty Images

    Without the extra oxygen that has been taken into the cave, oxygen levels in the cave are low.

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    Journalists have been asked by authorities to leave the scene and a makeshift press tent has been set up nearby.

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    Read live updates of the rescue operation here.


    Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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