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Thai cave rescue operation successful as all 12 boys along with their coach rescued safely
The 12th boy and the coach have been rescued from Thailand's Tham Luang caves in a well executed operation with international assistance, the Thai Navy Seals have confirmed. Thus, all the 13 people trapped in the cave since June 23 are now safe.

Hopes had been expressed that the operation would be a sure-fire success since the water inside the cave had receded.

Although the identities of the rescued boys have not been revealed officially, all the rescued boys have been shifted to a hospital in Chiang Rai town in northern Thailand. They have been reported to be safe and sound.

Reportedly, despite an ordeal of more than two weeks being stuck inside the flood cave all the trapped boys were found to be healthy as examined by a doctor who travelled with the divers three kilometres inside the cave to reach them.

A number of news outlets reported on the role coach Ekapol had played during the rescue efforts. The coach had been a Buddhist monk before and had guided meditation for the children during the ordeal. He also had passed on a message in which he apologized for bringing the children into danger.

Tragedy had struck the operation on July 6 when a former Thai Navy Seal Saman Kunan, 38, who was part of the rescue team, died of asphyxiation while delivering supplies to the cave. It was said that he lost consciousness during the return trip and couldn't be revived.

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