All twelve (12) boys and their football coach trapped in a cave in Thailand have been freed following a huge rescue operation.
UK Mirror reports that the miracle rescue is thought to have been completed shortly after 12.15pm UK time on Tuesday, July 10.
The operation has been an international effort with 18 countries working together to save the football team with the nickname ‘the Wild Boars’, UK Mirror reports. As well as the players and their 25-year-old coach, there remain four Thai Navy SEALs – including a medic – who will now be extracted.
Though the boys rescued from the Tham Luang cave network are so far in good health overall, two are however believed to have been diagnosed with pneumonia, officials say.
Doctors also say the boys and their coach are unlikely to be well enough to accept FIFA’s invitation to watch World Cup Final in Russia on Sunday, July 15.
There has been speculation the children have been drugged to help them in the transfer to hospital.
According to an interview translated by the Guardian, the Prime Minister slammed such reports, saying they had been given anti-anxiety medication, ‘the same medication he takes to help him relax when he shoots guns’.
Meanwhile, the boys who were rescued on Sunday, July 8 and Monday, July 9 were said to have been hungry and demanded bread with chocolate topping for breakfast – despite being told they should only have bland foods.
The final push for rescue teams was ‘challenging’ because of the risk of more rain percolating through cave walls, UK Mirror reports.
It had been thought today’s final rescue mission to extract the last four boys and their football coach would take longer than the previous two days because, in addition, three Thai Navy SEALS and a Thai army medic who have stayed with the boys since they were found will also come out, the report added.
The rescued boys 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.
Their relieved parents were forced to wear surgical robes and masks and were not allowed to hug their sons to prevent infection when visiting them in hospital last night.
UK Mirror reports that first eight to be evacuated have all been given inoculations against rabies and tetanus, and are all being treated with antibiotics amid fears they may have been bitten by disease-carrying bats inside the huge underground network.