Teen soccer team, coach found alive in Thailand cave

Teen soccer team, coach found alive in Thailand cave

Teen soccer team, coach found alive in Thailand cave

Now that the missing Thai football team has been found, the next step is determining how to get the boys and coach safely out of the partly flooded cave in northern Thailand. They went to the same cave two years ago.

In this handout photo released by Tham Luang Rescue Operation Center, Thai rescue teams walk inside cave complex.

Aside from belongings left at the mouth of the cave and handprints on the walls, nothing else had been found until late on Monday.

More than 1,000 people were involved in the extensive search operation, which saw naval divers, military officers and rescue workers band together in the region of Chiang Rai.

He said: "We found that most of the boys are in green condition".

"They are all safe but the mission is not completed", the Chiang Rai governor said at a press conference held at the cave's entrance Monday. But he added that they were not out of danger yet. "But the operation isn't over", he said. Rescue divers are advancing in the main passageway inside the flooded cave in northern Thailand where the boys and their coach have been missing more than a week.

Aisha Wiboonrungrueng, a mother of one of the missing, 11-year-old Chanin Wiboonrungrueng, smiled and hugged her family.

The video then details questions asked by the boys, including when they will be rescued.

And following the boys' discovery, Thailand's prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha thanked the worldwide experts who had helped in the search. She said she would cook her son a Thai fried egg dish, his favorite food, when he returns home.

The Thai Navy SEAL divers continued a further 300 to 400 meters where they located the team.

China has sent a six-person team of rescue and disaster experts to the cave, the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok announced Friday.

A dozen teenage soccer players and their coach, who'd been trapped for nine days deep in a Thailand cave, were found alive Monday, officials said. The rescuer tells them "Monday", and that they have been in there for 10 days.

Rescuers had hoped they would find safety on a ledge in an underground chamber nicknamed Pattaya Beach but they were found 400m (440 yards) away having moved to higher ground to avoid the rising water.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha thanked the worldwide teams and rescuers who helped find the group. He said the diving teams included doctors. However, they likely underestimated the effect of the rainy season and have been trapped by a flash flood since June 23.

Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said Tuesday morning that they used a field assessment in which red is critical condition, yellow is serious condition and green is stable condition.

"Which team won today?" one parent asked fellow parents jokingly, a reference to the ongoing football World Cup.

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