Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
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All boys out of cave in miracle end to the Mission Impossible

All boys out of cave in miracle end to the Mission Impossible

When Thai navy SEALs confirmed that all 12 soccer players and their coach had been safely rescued from the flooded cave they had entered 18 days ago, Simmee Oupra was overcome with emotion.

The eight boys who have left the cave are being treated in an isolation ward in a Chiang Rai hospital.

Onlookers at the junction in front of Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital watch and cheer as ambulances transport the last rescued schoolboys and their coach, July 10, 2018, in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Even before the final rescues, tributes began for the courage of the boys and their ability to survive the ordeal.

Fifa boss Gianni Infantino had invited the boys' Wild Boars football team to Sunday's World Cup final last week.

All were finally rescued this week, with the coach and the final four boys making the "arduous" 4km journey out of the cave yesterday.

Payap Maiming, who helped provide food and necessities to rescue workers and journalists, noted that fact.

The group became trapped in a cave 0.8 kilometers (half a mile) below ground when a monsoon rainstorm forced them to seek shelter a further 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) away from the mouth of the cave on June 23. Last Friday, one former Thai Navy Seal died while placing oxygen tanks deep within the caves. But he added they can not yet have the spicy treats that many Thais like to eat.

A Perth vet was the second Australian hero who played a pivotal role in the daring rescue of 12 boys trapped in a Thailand cave.

By this past weekend, more than 100 divers, as well as support and medical staff, were at the scene as the first boys were brought out.

The parents of the first four boys to be rescued were allowed to pay bedside visits to their quarantined children on the condition they wear hazmat suits and keep a distance of two meters. "Thinking about how they've been kept in a small cave for two weeks, they haven't seen their mums", Ivan Karadzic, who runs a diving business in Thailand and has been involved in the rescue mission, told the BBC.

"The kids are footballers so they have high immune systems", Jedsada Chokdumrongsuk, permanent secretary at the Public Health Ministry, told a news conference. The Chaing Rai regional governor said he is unsure if they will be able to rescue the five remaining people in the cave in one mission.

The boys were given anti-anxiety medication before they were rescued, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha revealed, according to The Associated Press. Thai authorities have said the boys have stayed "good and happy".

Club president Luis Filipe Vieira wrote to the Thai ambassador to Portugal to invite the boys to the camp in Seixal across the River Tagus from the capital, a club statement said on Tuesday.

When the first four were rescued, one of the first things they asked was how the tournament was going. Each of the nine chambers had a doctor waiting, and the boys were evaluated at each chamber.

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