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Thai cave rescue: All 12 boys and their coach rescued

11 July 2018

"We would be honoured to welcome the team from the Wild Boars Football Club and their rescuers to Old Trafford this coming season".

"Hooyah Hooyah Hooyah", the Thai Navy SEALs wrote as the photo's caption on Facebook. The rescue mission is still underway.

Boys number six and seven were brought out a little over an hour later, with boy number eight spotted being taken out at about 7.40pm local time.

When the team of rescue divers emerged from the entrance of the cave in their wet suits, people yelled "Thank you!" in English and Thai, reaching out their hands to high-five them. Officials said the first mission lasted about 11 hours, while the second mission was two hours faster.

Heavy rains in the morning cleared during the day, a reassuring sign for rescuers who feared monsoon rains could imperil the rescue.

On Twitter and Instagram, well-wishers sent messages of support, advice and sketches of the boys in the cave using hashtags such as #Thaicaverescue #boarteam #Thainavyseals #PrayForThaiBoys and #Bringtheboarteambackhome.

They are still being quarantined from their parents because of the risk of infection and would likely be kept in hospital for a week to undergo tests, officials said. They did get a treat, however: bread with chocolate spread that they had requested. British divers found the 13, huddled on a muddy bank in a partly flooded chamber several kilometers inside the complex, on Monday last week. The machine could be "good for rescuing vulnerable patients in risky environments, particularly if water, toxic gas or unsafe bacteria/viruses are present", Musk tweeted today (July 10).

After their evacuation, the medic and three Royal Thai Navy SEALs who had accompanied the stranded team then made their way out.

Attention will now be focused on the recovery of the boys and their coach; doctors who have been working with the eight boys rescued earlier last week have said they are generally in good health.

Two of the boys are thought to have lung infections, but there are no serious complaints to report.

"The kids are footballers so they have high immune systems", Mr Jedsada said. "The equipment they brought to help us is not practical [for use] with our mission", rescue operations commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn told the BBC.

Mr Narongsak said: "As all of us said, the main thing is we still need more than 20 hours to get ready".

Authorities did not reveal the identity of the boys as they were brought out, one by one. In some places, the boys had to be carried under flooded areas, some as narrow as 0.6 meters wide.

The first 4 boys who were rescued the other day, aged between 12 and 16, are now allowed to eat normal food once again.

Thai cave rescue: All 12 boys and their coach rescued