Thai Cave Rescue: Soccer Team Healthy After Long Ordeal

Twelve boys with a youth soccer team and their coach were rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand, ending a weeks-long ordeal that captured national and global attention.

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Rescuers found all 12 boys and their soccer coach alive, as seen in this July 2, 2018 video, deep inside a partially flooded cave in northern Thailand late Monday, more than a week after they disappeared and touched off a desperate search that drew international help and captivated the nation.
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Thai officers supervise the rescue mission inside Tham Luang Nang Non cave on June 28, 2018, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Rescuers battle heavy rain in northern Thailand as they continued the search for 12 boys and their soccer coach who has been missing since Saturday night.
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Relatives pray at a Buddhist ceremony in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park near Tham Luang Nang Non cave on June 28, 2018, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Rescuers battle heavy rain in northern Thailand as they continued the search for 12 boys and their soccer coach who have gone missing.
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British cave-diver Richard William Stanton walks out from Tham Luang Nang Non cave in full kit on June 28, 2018, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Teams of Navy SEAL divers worked their way through submerged passageways in the sprawling underground caverns as senior Thai government officials issued a warning on Wednesday that time is running out.
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Hundreds of rescuers and equipment are sent inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave to continue rescue efforts after the 12 boys and their soccer coach have been found alive in the cave where they've been missing for over a week on July 3, 2018.
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Thai military bring water pumps to the cave on July 6, 2018, in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
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Workers ready scuba tanks for Thai Navy SEAL divers on July 1, 2018, in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
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Rescue workers pump water at the entrance of Tham Luang Nang Non cave on July 2, 2018, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Rescuers from China and Australia have recently joined the search for 12 boys and their soccer coach who have been missing in Tham Luang Nang Non cave over a week ago after monsoon rains blocked the main entrance in northern Thailand.
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Thai rescue teams walk inside cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing in Mae Sai, Thailand, July 2, 2018.
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General Bancha Duriyaphan speaks to the press on July 2, 2018, after divers found the 12 boys and their soccer coach alive in the cave where they've been missing for over a week in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
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The body of Saman Gunan, a former Thai navy SEAL who died during an overnight mission, is carried during a repatriation and religious rites ceremony at Chiang Rai Airport in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in Thailand, July 6, 2018. The Thai navy diver working as part of the effort to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave died Friday from lack of oxygen, underscoring risks of extracting the team.
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Rescue workers prepare small diving masks on July 4, 2018, in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
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Thai rescue team members walk inside a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 7, 2018. The local governor in charge of the rescue mission said cooperating weather and falling water levels over the last few days had created appropriate conditions for evacuation, but that they won't last if it rains again.
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Onlookers cheer as ambulances deliver <a href="/news/national-international/Four-Boys-Rescued-From-Thai-Cave-487601211.html" target="_blank">boys rescued</a> from the Tham Luang Nang Non cave to a hospital in Chiang Rai after they were transported by helicopters on July 8, 2018, in Chiangrai, Thailand. Divers began an effort to pull the 12 boys and their soccer coach on Sunday morning after they were found alive.
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Military personnel, rescue workers and volunteers head out from Tham Luang Nang Non cave after ambulances transported a <a href="/news/national-international/Four-Boys-Rescued-From-Cave-in-Thailand_Los-Angeles-487628551.html" target="_blank">group of boys rescued</a> from the cave on July 8, 2018, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Divers began an effort to pull the 12 boys and their soccer coach on Sunday morning after they were found alive in the cave.
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An ambulance carries <a href="/news/national-international/Thai-Cave-Search-Rescue-487583781.html" target="_blank">one of the boys rescued</a> from Tham Luang Nang Non cave to a hospital on July 8, 2018, in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
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Indian school children hold placards and pictures during a prayer event for the safe rescue of young football players and their coach stuck in a cave in Thailand, in Ahmedabad on July 9, 2018.
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A well wisher puts up a poster to pray for the boys and their soccer coach trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai, Thailand, on July 9, 2018. Expert divers Sunday rescued four of 12 boys from a flooded cave in northern Thailand, as a dangerous and complicated operation unfolded amid heavy rain and the threat of rising water underground.
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Rescuers carry one of the boys trapped inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in this photo released on July 11, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand.
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An ambulance exits from the Tham Luang cave area as <a href="/news/national-international/Thai-Cave-More-Rescues-487628081.html" target="_blank">rescue efforts continue</a> for those still trapped inside the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 9, 2018.
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Police and military personnel block a stretcher from view with umbrellas near a an ambulance at a military airport in Chiang Rai on July 9, 2018, as rescue operations continue for those still trapped inside the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district.
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Onlookers at the junction in front of Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital watch and cheer as ambulances transport the last rescued schoolboys and their coach from a helipad nearby to Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 10, 2018, in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
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Rescuers carry one of the boys trapped inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in this photo released on July 11, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand.
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Thai students celebrate as they hold pictures of 12 boys and a football coach in front of the hospital after the group, who were rescued after being trapped in a nearby cave for 18 harrowing days, were brought in for observation in the northern Thai city of Chiang Rai on July 11, 2018.
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Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn, fourth from left, and the mission team celebrate after a press conference at a makeshift press centre in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 11, 2018.
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Three of the boys rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand are shown <a href="/multimedia/Boys-Rescued-From-Thai-Tham-Luang-Cave-Recovering-at-Hospital-487917591.html" target="_blank">recovering at a Chiang Mai hospital</a> in footage released by the government of Thailand a day after rescue crews and divers successfully saved all 12 boys and their coach.
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Banphot Konkum, the uncle of one of the boys rescued from a flooded cave, and other family members watch <a href="/news/national-international/Thai-Cave--Soccer-Team-Leave-Hospital-488471581.html" target="_blank">the boys recalling their ordeal in the cave live on television</a> at his home in northern Thailand, Wednesday, July 18, 2018.
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Twelve Thai boys and their soccer coach, rescued from a flooded cave after being trapped, <a href="/news/national-international/Thai-Cave--Soccer-Team-Leave-Hospital-488471581.html" target="_blank">attend a press conference</a> in Chiang Rai on July 18, 2018, following their discharge from the hospital. The boys and their coach appeared healthy during their first appearance for the media since the rescue.
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