All the 12 boys and there 25 year old coach, who had been trapped in a Thai cave have been rescued, ABC news announced.
The final rescue of the remaining boys occured on Tuesday, capping a herculean international rescue effort that appeared bleak just days ago.
The dramatic days-long rescue mission was accomplished around 6:30 p.m. local time Tuesday, less than nine hours after the last leg of the operation to save the wayward “Wild Boar” youth soccer team commenced, according to the Thai Navy SEALs.
The announcement that the world had been waiting and praying for appeared on the Thai Navy SEALs Facebook page: “12 wild boars are out of the cave and their coach. Everyone is safe.”
The SEALs later posted another message, writing, “We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science or what. All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave.”
The jubilant news came more than two weeks after the 25-year-old coach and his team went missing in the dark and dank Tham Luang Nang Non cave in northern Thailand.
The massive search-and-rescue operation started in earnest on Sunday, when the first four boys were extracted from the subterranean maze. In just three days, international dive teams managed to get all 13 out of the cave as they raced against astronomical odds and a pending monsoon rainstorm that threatened to swamp the cave again.
After replenishing oxygen in the cave and giving divers time to rest, the final push in rescue effort began at 10 a.m. local time Tuesday. As with the previous rescue efforts, 19 divers entered the cave, with two divers escorting each of the boys out of the labyrinth with tethers.
“If everything goes to plan, all will come out today,” an official said at a Tuesday midday press conference.
Just hours later, that statement proved true when the divers emerged from the cave with the first boy about 4 p.m. local time. About two hours later, all of the others were rescued.