A daring rescue mission in the treacherous confines of a flooded cave in northern Thailand has saved all 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped deep within the labyrinth, ending a grueling 18-day ordeal that claimed the life of an experienced volunteer diver and riveted people around the world.
All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave, the SEALs wrote, referring to the name of the boys soccer team.
A medic and three Thai navy SEALs who had stayed with the boys on a small, dry shelf deep in the flooded cave have left the cave as well, Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said.
FIFA had invited the boys to attend the World Cup final, but the boys will not be able to travel in time for Sundays game because of health concerns.