Found: The Nine-Day Search for Thailand's Missing Soccer Team
The miraculous search for 12 missing boys and their coach turns into a rescue mission.
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Published July 2, 2018
Published 3 months ago
[Update, July 10, 2018] - The 12 team members and their coach have been successfully rescued from Tham Luang cave after being trapped for 18 days. Click here for the latest story and photos.
Nine days after 12 boys and their coach went missing in a cave in northern Thailand, officials have reported that all 13 have been found alive.
On June 23, members of the Wild Boar soccer team were reported missing after their bikes were spotted at the opening of Tham Luang Nang Non cave at the Khun Nam Nang Non Forest by a park ranger patrolling the area. What followed was a frantic search through treacherous floodwaters by Thai Navy SEALs. U.S. Air Force specialists, as well as teams from Japan, Australia, Britain, China, Laos, and Myanmar also aided in the miraculous search, which has now shifted to a rescue mission with doctors and nurses sent into the cave to provide medical treatment before the team can be moved.
Here, scenes from the efforts to bring the Wild Boars home.
KRIT PROMSAKLA NA SAKOLNAKORN/AFP/Getty ImagesThe bicycles belonging to members of the Wild Boar soccer team seen abandoned at the entrance to the Tham Luang cave, June 25.LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty ImagesThai soldiers relay electric cable deep into the Tham Luang cave, June 26.
KRIT PHROMSAKLA NA SAKOLNAKORN/AFP/Getty ImagesRelatives of the missing boys pray at the entrance of the cave while rescue personnel conduct operations, June 26.LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty ImagesA relative of Adorn Sanorn, 14, shows a photo of the missing boy, June 26.LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty ImagesArmy soldiers carry muddy boots at Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, June 28. Thailand's rainy season, which lasts from July to November, initially hindered efforts to reduce water levels inside the cave, so that divers could enter and search.KRIT PHROMSAKLA NA SAKOLNAKORN/AFP/Getty ImagesBritish cave-divers and Thai army soldiers search for new openings in the mountain of Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, June 28.Linh Pham/Getty ImagesA group of policemen continue search efforts in the rain, June 29.LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty ImagesA Thai Airforce worker drops into a possible overground opening, June 30.Linh Pham/Getty ImagesAn Akha shaman performs a religious ritual at Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, June 30.LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty ImagesMonks attend a Buddhist prayer for the missing children near Tham Luang cave, July 1.LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty ImagesFamily members celebrate near Tham Luang cave following news that all members of the children's football team and their coach were found alive, July 2.Linh Pham/Getty ImagesGeneral Bancha Duriyaphan speaks to the press after the 12 boys and their soccer coach were found alive in the cave, July 2.LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty ImagesA happy family member looks at the latest pictures of the missing boys taken by rescue divers inside Tham Luang cave, July 2.Linh Pham/Getty ImagesRescuers are sent inside Tham Luang Nang Non cave to continue rescue efforts a day after all 13 members of the team were found alive, July 3.Linh Pham/Getty ImagesThai rescue workers practice medical training near the entrance of the cave, July 4.Linh Pham/Getty ImagesMilitary personnel cook dinner for volunteer rescuers at the makeshift camp in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, July 5.Linh Pham/Getty ImagesMembers of the armed forces salute the body of former Thai navy Seal Saman Kunan, July 06. Kunan died earlier that morning after losing oxygen while placing air tanks around the Tham Luang Nang Non cave. Until his death, officials had planned to keep the boys in the cave for four months until water levels dropped, but now say they must act sooner as oxygen levels have dropped to 15%.