Lost boys in Thailand found alive – after nine days in a cave

Ten days ago, a Thai soccer team disappeared into the flooded Tham Luang Nan Non cave in northern Thailand.

After a major search, the twelve boys and their coaches have been found alive.

“At this point we have only found them. The next step is to get them out of the cave,” the local governor told BBC.

On June 23, twelve boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach disappeared into the Tham Luang Nan Non cave in northern Thailand.

The extensive cave measuring 10 kilometers long was blocked by monsoon rain, making search efforts a major challenge.

The 12 boys and their coach have now thankfully been located.

Photo: Tham Luang Rescue Operation Center/AFP

Sending food down

Local Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn confirmed to the BBC that the boys and the coach were found by navy soldiers.

Now a big effort is underway to pump water out of the cave and bring medical care to the stranded individuals.

“We will send food but it isn’t certain they can eat as it they’re been [there for so long],” Osottanakorn said at a press conference.

At the entrance to the cave, great cheers broke out as it was announced that the boys were found safe.

Entire country involved

The Thai government poured enormous resources into the search for the boys and their soccer coach.

The soccer club’s main coach Nopparat Kantawong, who did not participate in the team’s trip, has said that the boys had big dreams of becoming soccer stars. He was absolutely convinced that they would achieve their dreams.

“I’m sure they will not abandon each other. They will take care of each other,” he told the BBC.

Photo: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFT

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