12 Missing Boys Found Alive in Thai Cave After 9 Days

Search teams also find their coach; now, the actual rescue will need to begin
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2018 11:01 AM CDT
Updated Jul 2, 2018 1:08 PM CDT
In this handout photo, Thai rescue teams walk inside the cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing in Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand.   (Tham Luang Rescue Operation Center via AP)

(Newser) – A remarkable twist to a story that was shaping up to be a tragedy: All 12 boys missing in a cave in Thailand for nine days, along with their coach, have been found, reports the BBC. Rescuers had been zeroing in on a spot in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave system where they believed the 13 might have taken refuge from flooding, reports CNN. The area's provincial governor told reporters of the discovery Monday, reports the AP. The 13 had not been immediately extracted from the cave, and their conditions were not known. "We found them safe," said Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn. "But the operation isn't over." The boys range in age from 11 to 16, and their coach is 25. More details as they emerge:

  • CNN reports the boys were found roughly a quarter of a mile beyond where experts had hoped they had taken shelter: a large, deep chamber referred to as Pattaya Beach. When rescuers reached it, they found it, too, had flooded, so divers pushed forward and located the team on the higher ground beyond it.

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