After more than a week in peril, a boys’ soccer team from Thailand was found by rescue divers. They had been missing since June 23.
The international rescue effort included more than 1,000 people from Thai emergency services, along with a US military contingent and British cave experts, and Thai navy SEAL divers, according to CNN. Their efforts to locate the 12 boys, ages 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old soccer coach paid off.
“We found all 13 safe,” said Chiang Rai provincial Governor Narongsak Ostanakorn. “We will take care of them until they can move.”
The team and their coach disappeared when flooding trapped them after entering the Tham Luang Nang Non cave. The SEAL divers and rescue workers from other countries made progress through a narrow passageway early Monday after they passed through a key chamber. That chamber’s high, murky waters had previously blocked their progress, according to CBS News.
The divers spent most of Monday on securing a rope line and placing oxygen tanks along the narrow passageway that led them to the boys. The passageway in some places traveled upward and downward in others and is extremely narrow. This made it difficult for the divers to get through with their gear.
The rising muddy waters proved troubling for the divers, forcing them to withdraw for safety reasons. Fortunately, on Sunday the waters dropped low enough that they were able to proceed with a more methodical approach.
On Sunday night, the divers reached a bend where the half-mile-long passage splits into two directions. Deploying oxygen tanks allowed them to operate.
“In theory, human beings can last 30 days (without food),” said Narongsak before the team was found. “We hope and believe that this is the case. We still have hope.”
Thank the Lord for this amazing recovery! Please pray for the health of the boys and the coach, that they can recover from this traumatic ordeal. Recently, Candace Cameron Bure shined in a sparkling ensemble, fans couldn’t help gushing over the posh look.