All the children who had been trapped with their football coach for two weeks in the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand were evacuated on Tuesday 10 July.
The evacuations followed one another during the day: a first child was taken out in the late afternoon, followed by a second, and a third in the early evening, before the last three were evacuated one after the other.
“The 12 Wild Boars and their coach have been extracted from the cave,” Thai naval commandos announced on their Facebook page at the heart of the operation. The children’s football team is called the Wild Boars.
The rescuers were engaged in a race against the clock. The extraction operation lasted three days, the children being evacuated each by two professional divers, on a very difficult course, supposing long passages of diving.
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On Sunday, four young people, followed by four others on Monday, were pulled out of Tham Luang cave by a team of seasoned foreign divers, flanked by Thai Navy commandos, during meticulously planned operations.
When the second group of children saw the light again on Monday night, the Thai Navy commandos team greeted the event with a simple “Hooyah” on their Facebook page, setting the country’s social networks on fire.
The first eight released from hospital on Sunday and Monday are “in good health,” Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, the head of the Ministry of Public Health, told reporters at Chiang Rai Hospital. “Everyone is in good mental health. »
The children underwent radiological and blood tests. Two boys who showed signs of pneumonia were given antibiotics and are in a “normal state”, he added, adding that they would all remain in hospital observation, in quarantine, equipped with sunglasses to protect their eyes and followed by psychologists.
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Many journalists dispatched on the spot
The whole of Thailand lived to the rhythm of the saga of the twelve children and their 25-year-old coach, trapped in the vast underground network since 23 June by the rising waters.
The drama was also passionate abroad – the international media sent hundreds of journalists there. Children have received messages of support from celebrities as diverse as US President Donald Trump, football star Lionel Messi and American technology guru Elon Musk.
Rescuers criticized the use of drones by some media during Monday’s evacuation operation, some of which hindered helicopters evacuating children. Police announced Tuesday an investigation into the use of two drones sent to try to have images of children.
The Association of Broadcast Journalists of Thailand on Tuesday called on hundreds of reporters on the spot to “strictly adhere to ethics and respect the privacy of those involved in this ordeal.
Wild Boar footballers had spent nine days in the depths of the cave before two British divers managed to reach them early last week. Emaciated but alive, they were perched on a promontory more than four kilometres from the entrance to the vast underground network.
After this discovery, the rescuers desperately went through all the possible solutions, dig tunnels in the mountain or wait underground for weeks until the end of the monsoon.
But faced with the threat of new rains and the drop in oxygen levels in the room where the group had found refuge, the authorities decided on Sunday to try everything for the whole. The last ones out will have spent seventeen nights in the cave.