After Perilous Last Few Hours, Cave Rescue of Wild Boar Soccer Team Ends

July 10, 2018Jul 10, 2018

After 17 long nights trapped in a pitch-black cave, the last four remaining boys and their soccer coach were freed by divers Tuesday.

That means that all 13 members of the Wild Boar soccer team have been freed. However, the medic and three Thai Navy SEALs who had stayed deep inside the cave with the team still had not yet made it out.

The last phase of the operation lasted eight hours and 10 minutes, according to NBC News. Tuesday started with the hope that the final five could reach daylight safely. The operation went faster than before as the divers had more experience under their belts.

According to NBC News, the boys who were freed are in good health. They are being given antibiotics, rabies vaccines and vitamin B2. They were showing no signs of fever or vision problems, according to Jetsada Chokdumrongsuk, a public health official. X-rays revealed that two of the boys had suspected lung infections. Lab tests have been ordered.

“We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the 13 Wild Boars are now out of the cave,” the Thai navy SEALs posted on their Facebook page.

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