Twelve teenage footballers and their coach lost in Tham Luang Cave in Thailand’s northernmost province of Chiang Rai have been found alive by rescuers.
Chiang Rai’s governor, speaking on Monday evening, said all 13 were safe and that rescuers were now assessing the situation. Among the first priorities was to get first aid to them, before they are brought out of the cave.
The welcome news came on the evening of the ninth day since the young boys and their coach went missing on Saturday, 23 June when they visited the cave and could not get back out again due to rising water.
A massive search operation followed and included international rescue experts and teams from around the world who travelled to Chiang Rai to assist.