Stranded soccer team members rescued in a cave in Thailand

After nine days of being stranded, a youth soccer team was rescued in a cave complex in Chiang Rai, Thailand by the authorities.

ABS-CBN reported that the team, comprising 12 boys and their coach, set out on a trip to Tham Luang cave after their soccer practice. Due to unforeseen heavy rain, the group became trapped deep in the underground chamber, exactly 400 meters from the so-called Pattar Beach. Fortunately, all 13 were found by Thai Navy Seals alive and safe.

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It was Chiang Rai provincial Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn that first announced the good bit of news.

“Thai Navy seals have found all 13 with signs of life. The SEALs reported that … they reached Pattaya Beach which was flooded. So they went 400 meters further where we found the 13 … who were safe.”

However, the challenge isn’t over just yet. Apparently, authorities would still have to clear out the passageway, which was clogged up with mud and flood. Reports say that the operation is still ongoing.

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Meanwhile, netizens shared the joy of the families of those involved in the ordeal.

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