The third phase of the high-risk rescue operation for the boys and their coach trapped in a cave in Thailand played out quickly on Tuesday. Hours after Thai officials confirmed that 19 divers had entered the cave complex in Chiang Rai province to extract the remaining four children and their assistant coach, several of them were brought out on stretchers.
Four boys were rescued Sunday and an additional four emerged on Monday.
The boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old assistant coach became stranded when they went exploring inside after a practice game. Monsoon flooding blocked their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for almost 10 days.
UPDATE at 8:50pm: Ambulance carrying Coach Aek, the 13th and last member of The Wild Boars, has arrived at the hospital in Chiang Rai. Mission complete.— Richard Barrow in Thailand (@RichardBarrow) July 10, 2018
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