Thai Cave Rescue Complete: All 12 Boys and Soccer Coach Free

final four boys and coach rescued from flooded Thai cave

Authorities in Thailand said today that all thirteen people have been rescued from the flooded Thailand cave, ending an epic rescue mission that began more than two weeks ago. 

Four members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach emerged from the cave early Tuesday, receiving medical attention at the scene a Thai navy official told CNN. The rescue took nearly nine hours in total from the time the divers entered the cave, to when they emerged with the boys and their coach. 

"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 SEALS wrote on Facebook, just as the final boy made it out. 

The 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach had been trapped within the labyrinthine system of caves for 18-days. Rescue operations got underway starting Sunday when divers were able to bring out the first four boys. An additional four emerged on Monday after they made their journey to freedom. 

A small number of Navy SEALS, including a doctor who had been staying with the team for the last week inside the cave, are still inside, and are expected to emerge soon. 

The eight boys rescued on the first two days have been taken to an isolation ward in a Chiang Rai hospital. Doctors say the boys are healthly, mentally fit, and "seem to be in high spirits." 

Families of some of the rescued boys have been able to communicate with them through a glass window and chat on the phone. The relatives will be allowed to see them in person if tests show the boys are free of infection. 

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