The Story Of 12 Boys and Coach Who Got Trapped In Cave and Latest Updates About The Rescue Operation

While football teams of various countries are playing hard to win the World Cup tournament that is being played in Russia nowadays, there is one football team which is fighting for its life.

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We are talking about the football team of boys aged 11-16 and their 25 years old coach who are trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex in northern Chiang Rai province, Thailand, from June 23, 2018.

In these tough times, the whole world stands with Thailand and they are getting all the help that they need. The parents of the boys should be proud of them as the kids are showing no sign of panic even in such a difficult situation.

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Here are the latest updates and the complete story of the incident:

1Rescue operations begin

The rescue operations started today at 10 am and 18 divers including 13 foreigners and 5 Thai Navy Seals have entered the cave. The operation may face challenges from the rain as it is normal to rain in Thailand in this time of the year. However, the former governor who is also the in-charge of the operation is quite positive as he called the international divers as “all-stars” and Thai divers as “five of our best”.

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2A global rescue mission

12 kids and their coach may be of Thai nationality but the rescue mission can be referred to as a global rescue one as 13 out of 18 divers that have entered the cave are foreigners. Experts from various countries such as China, Australia, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, United States and United Kingdom have offered help from their side in this operation. Many companies of various countries have offered to donate the equipment required in the operation.

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Global rescue mission

3The families are happy as well as worried

The families of those 12 kids are happy to know that the rescue operations have started as now they are hopeful to see their children soon. However, it has also increased their concern because it is absolutely clear that the operation is a life-risking and wouldn’t be easy at all. But still the families have kept themselves calm and it may be because of the notes sent by their kids from the cave.

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4Preparations for the rescue operation

Earlier all the media persons and others who were not required in the rescue operations were asked to leave the site. Presently thirteen medical groups, one each for the 12 boys and the coach, are waiting outside the cave with their ambulance and helicopter. Most probably, boys will be airlifted and will be taken to Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital which is 50 miles from the cave.

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5Preparations at hospital

It is being ensured that whenever the boys and their coach are brought to the hospital, they get immediate treatment. Five emergency response doctors are waiting for the rescue team to arrive with boys while 30 doctors have been kept on stand-by. The medical teams are also worried about the condition in which the boys will be brought to the hospital in view of the fact that condition in the cave is not ideal.

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6Right time for the rescue operation

It’s the right time to carry out the rescue operation considering the fact that soon rains are going to increase in the area. In addition, the oxygen level in the cave is also decreasing which is another cause to be worry about. The action couldn’t be delayed further especially after the former Thai Navy Sgt. Saman Kunan, an ex-SEAL, passed away due to lack of oxygen while returning to the command center.

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7Sacrifice of former Thai Navy Sgt. Saman Kunan

37 years old Saman Kunan was returning from the flooded cave after leaving oxygen tanks for the soccer team and their coach who have been trapped in the cave since last 2 weeks. He passed away due to the lack of air on Friday morning and this was a great setback for the authorities as Saman was a very experienced diver and it further increased their tension.

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8Thai Prime Minister’s visit

It is being said that the Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha may visit Chiang Rai tomorrow and then he will be arriving at the site by the afternoon. He will take details of the rescue operation and also meet the families of the boys who are trapped in the cave. He had made a visit last week as well and met the families.

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Thai Prime Minister’s visit

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9Background of the story

On June 23, a team of 12 boys aged 11-16 yrs went into the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex, with their coach after a practice match. When they went inside the weather was fine but due to sudden rain, the water flooded in the tunnels and they were trapped inside the cave. It is being said that boys are composed and calm and the credit goes to stable leadership of their coach.

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10At last, they were found

The missing news of 12 boys and a coach in the cave gained a lot of attention in the media and the whole nation got worried about them. Their bicycles were found at the entrance of the complex which made it certain that they all are inside the cave. At last after nine days, they all were found by two British divers and the good part is that all of them are alive.

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11How did they survive?

This was a question which might have come in the mind of everyone as they had no access to food. It is being said that they managed to live by eating huge fresh water snails and by drinking dirty water. They all were given high-energy glucose gel to regain energy as they had lived without food for so long.

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12Coach apologizes to the kids’ parents

Akkapol Chanthawong, the coach of the soccer team, has written a letter for the parents of the boys in which he has apologized to them. The letter was given to the parents by the divers who are doing job of providing food and air tanks to the boys and the coach. He has also written that all the kids are fine and promised that he will take care of the boys to the best of his capability.

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13Parents’ reaction on the apology

The parents of the boys assured the coach that they won’t consider him as guilty and they believe in him. They said that it was not his fault and at the same time, they appreciated his love and support for the boys. Here we shouldn’t forget to mention that Akkapol’s aunt is also waiting for him to come out.

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14The real situation as of now

Till the time this article was written, there were confirm reports of four boys being rescued from the cave and another operation will be planned most probably in the next 10 hours. The governor of Chiang Rai, Narongsak Osottanakorn told mediapersons that he met all the four boys and their health is perfect. As per him, today is the “best situation”.

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The real situation as of now

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15The American President Donald Trump also spoke

This is said to be the first public comment of the American President in relation to the Thailand cave rescue operation. He paid tribute to the all the people who are engaged in the rescue operation by saying, “Very brave and talented people”. He also said that his government is working closely with Thailand government in order to bring out all the boys.

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