All 12 boys and football coach rescued from cave: Thai navy SEALs

Tuesday July 10 2018

Tham Luang cave, Thailand boys

An ambulance leave the Tham Luang cave area as divers evacuated some of the 12 boys and their coach trapped at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province, Thailand, on July 8, 2018. AFP PHOTO | LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA 

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All 12 boys and their football coach have been rescued from a Thai cave after an 18-day ordeal, the Thai Navy SEALs said in a Facebook post on Tuesday evening, on the third day of a complex mission to bring them out.

"All 12 'Wild Boars' and coach have been extracted from the cave," the post said.

"All are safe" it added, signing off with a "Hooyah", a SEALs signature throughout the painstaking mission to get the boys out of the cave.

In a day of high drama, the remaining five boys emerged in groups as evening approached, guided out by international divers and the SEALs, who have played an integral role throughout an unprecedented rescue mission.

The "Wild Boars" — named after their team — entered the Tham Luang cave complex on June 23.