Thailand football team trapped in flooded cave found alive after 9 days

Thai soccer team being rescued:

Source: Santiago Times

Bangkok- Rescuers have found 12 boys and their soccer coach, who had been missing for more than a week, deep inside a flooded cave network in northern Thailand.

The boots of Wild Boars team members were found at the mouth of the Tham Luang caves, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, before rising floodwaters left them cut off nine days ago. Nearly 900 soldiers and rescue workers, including members of an elite military diving unit, were drafted in to search the cave system, according to the British news organizations. All 12 boys, the youngest aged just 11, and their coach have now been found alive, according to the regional governor, and an operation to bring them to the surface has begun.

Divers face tough conditions for the rescue

Eight team members have so far been rescued by a multi-national diving team.  The Guardian reports that over 100 divers, including 18 cave divers took part in operations today.  The boys are being transported directly to hospital for medical attention.

Update: 11/7/2018- Rescue has been completed

The remaining four members of the boys’ soccer team, and their coach have been successfully rescued completing the daring rescue mission.  Over 100 divers took part including one Canadian, identified as Erik Brown of Langley British Columbia.

The  boys are recovering in hospital.  The first four, rescued Sunday are said to be eating normal food.  The team is being kept in isolation due to concerns over infectious disease.