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Soccer team lost in cave for 2 weeks in Thailand has been rescued

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All 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for more than two weeks deep inside a flooded Thai cave have been rescued, a Thai navy SEAL unit said on Tuesday, marking a successful end to a perilous mission that has gripped the world.

“The 12 Wild Boars and coach have emerged from the cave and they are safe,” the Thai navy SEAL unit said on its official Facebook page.

The Wild Boars soccer team and its coach got trapped on June 23 while exploring the cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai after soccer practice, and a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels, blocking their exit. (Reuters)

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Onlookers at Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital cheer as ambulances transport the last rescued schoolboys and their coach from a helipad to the hospital on July 10, 2018, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Videos released by the Thai navy SEALs showed the boys, ages 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach are in good health. (Photo: Linh Pham/Getty Images)


A helicopter believed to be carrying one of the boys rescued from the flooded cave lands in Chiang Rai as divers continue to extract the remaining boys and their coach trapped at Tham Luang cave in the Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (Photo: Vincent Thian/AP)


Chiang Rai province acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is leading the ongoing rescue operation of the soccer team and coach trapped in a flooded cave, talks to media during a press conference in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (Photo: Sakchai Lalit/AP)


Journalists celebrate before a news conference near Tham Luang cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 10, 2018. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)


In this undated photo released by Royal Thai Navy on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 show the last four Thai Navy SEALs come out safely after completing the rescued mission inside a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. (Photo: Royal Thai Navy via AP)


An ambulance leaves the Tham Luang cave area in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand, on July 10, 2018. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/ AFP/Getty Images)


Onlookers wave as an ambulance carrying rescued schoolboys leaves a military airport in Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 10, 2018. (Photo: Tyrone Siu/Reuters)


Rescuers walk toward the entrance to the cave complex in Chiang Rai province, Thailand, on July 10, 2018. (Photo: Sakchai Lalit/AP)


Vehicles are stopped at a checkpoint near the entrance to a cave complex in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand on July 10, 2018. (Photo: Sakchai Lalit/AP)


This photo tweeted by Elon Musk shows efforts to rescue trapped members of a youth soccer team from a flooded cave in northern Thailand. Musk tweeted early on July 10, 2018, as he has visited the cave. He left a minisubmarine in Thailand for future use. (Photo: Courtesy of Elon Musk via AP)


Police and military personnel use umbrellas to cover a stretcher near a helicopter and ambulance at a military airport in Chiang Rai on July 9, 2018, as rescue operations continued for those still trapped inside the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Thailand. (Photo: Lillian Suwanrumph/AFP/Getty Images)


Two ambulances carrying the sixth and seventh boys out of Tham Luang Nang Non cave site head to a hospital in Chiang Rai on July 9, 2018, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Divers began an effort to pull the 12 boys and their soccer coach on Sunday morning after they were found alive in the cave in northern Thailand. (Photo: Linh Pham/Getty Images)


Onlookers cheer as ambulances transport rescued schoolboys from a helipad to a hospital on July 9, 2018, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Videos released by Thai navy SEALs showed the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach are in good health. (Photo: Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images)


Rescued schoolboys are moved from a military helicopter to an awaiting ambulance at a military airport in Chiang Rai, Thailand, on July 9, 2018. (Photo: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)


In this screengrab taken from video, emergency workers carry a stretcher with one of the rescued boys to an ambulance, in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand, on July 8, 2018. (Photo: Chiang Rai Public Relations Office via AP)


Two helicopters wait near the cave for more evacuations of the boys and their soccer coach who had been trapped since June 23 in a deep cave in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, July 9, 2018. (Photo: Sakchai Lalit/AP)


A Thai well-wisher puts up a message for the boys and their soccer coach who had been trapped since June 23 in a cave in Chiang Rai Province, northern Thailand, July 9, 2018. Photo: Sakchai Lalit/AP)


This photo on the Thailand navy SEAL Facebook page on July 8, 2018, shows rescuers’ hands locked with a caption reading “We Thai and the international teams join forces to bring the young Wild Boars home.” The 12 boys on the Young Boars team and their coach had been trapped since June 23 in a cave in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. (Photo: Thailand navy SEAL Facebook page via AP)


In this screengrab taken from video, emergency workers carry a stretcher with one of the rescued boys to an ambulance, in Mae Sai, in the district of Chiang Rai, Thailand on July 8, 2018. (Photo: Chiang Rai Public Relations Office via AP)


An ambulance with flashing lights leaves the cave rescue area in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai Province, northern Thailand, July 9, 2018. (Photo: Sakchai Lalit/AP)


An honor guard holds up a picture of Samarn Poonan, 38, a former member of Thailand’s elite navy SEAL unit who died working to save 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped inside a flooded cave, in Rayong Province, Thailand, July 6, 2018. (Photo: Panumas Sanguanwong/Reuters)


Soldiers carry a pump to help drain the rising floodwater in a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach had been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai Province, in northern Thailand, Friday, July 6, 2018. (Photo: Sakchai Lalit/AP)


The body of Samarn Poonan, a former Thai navy SEAL who died during onan overnight mission, is carried during a religious rites ceremony at Chiang Rai Airport in Chiang Rai Province, in northern Thailand, July 6, 2018. The Thai navy diver died Friday from lack of oxygen during an effort to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave. (Photo: AP)


Military personnel are seen in front of the Tham Luang cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 6, 2018. (Photo: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)


In this July 3, 2018, image taken from video provided by the Royal Thai Navy Facebook page, Thai boys smile as Thai navy SEAL medics help them inside a cave in Mae Sai, northern Thailand. The Thai soccer teammates, who were stranded for more than a week in the partially flooded cave, said they were healthy in a video released on July 4, as a forecast of heavy rains complicated plans to safely extract them. (Photo: Royal Thai Navy Facebook via AP)


Family members of the 12 boys and their soccer coach watch a video clip of 12 boys on television after they were found alive, in Chiang Rai Province, in northern Thailand, Wednesday, July 4, 2018. (Photo: Sakchai Lalit/AP)


A family member, left, and a Thai official hug each other near a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach are trapped, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, July 5, 2018. (Photo: Sakchai Lalit/AP)


International rescuers prepare to enter the cave where a young soccer team and their coach were trapped by floodwaters, July 5, 2018, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai Province, in northern Thailand. (Photo: Sakchai Lalit/AP)


Rescuers carrying a water pipe make their way to the entrance to a cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped inside when heavy rains flooded the cave, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai Province, northern Thailand, July 4, 2018. (Photo: Sakchai Lalit/AP)


Rescuers lay telephone cable from a cave where a young soccer team and their coach were trapped Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai Province, northern Thailand. (Photo: Sakchai Lalit/AP)


Relatives show photos on tablets of the some of the 12 boys who were found alive in a cave where they’d been lost for over a week along with their soccer coach, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn announced on July 2 that the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach were being rescued from Tham Luang Nang Non cave. (Photo: Linh Pham/Getty Images)


Gen. Bancha Duriyaphan talks to the press after 12 boys and their soccer coach were found alive in the cave where they’d been lost for over a week after monsoon rains blocked the main entrance. The photo was taken on July 02, 2018, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. (Photo: Linh Pham/Getty Images)


In this screengrab from video, the boys and their soccer coach are shown after they were found in a cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand, on July 2, 2018. Rescuers found all 12 boys and their soccer coach alive deep inside a partially flooded cave in northern Thailand, more than a week after they disappeared and touched off a desperate search that drew international help and captivated the world. (Photo: Thai Navy SEAL via AP)


A relative celebrates after 12 boys and their soccer coach were found alive in a cave complex in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai Province, northern Thailand, on July 2, 2018. Rescuers located 12 boys and their soccer coach alive deep inside the partially flooded cave more than a week after they went missing. (Photo: Sakchai Lalit/AP)


Rescuers walk inside a cave complex on July 2, 2018, where 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand. (Photo: Tham Luang Rescue Operation Center via AP)


Students pray in Mae Sai Prasitsart school on July 2, 2018, during the search for members of a youth soccer team and their coach who went missing in a flooded cave, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)


Divers’ equipment is seen near the Tham Luang cave complex as the search for members of an under-16 soccer team and their coach continues, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 2, 2018. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)


Scuba tanks are delivered for Thai navy SEAL rescuers on July 01, 2018, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Rescuers looked for alternative ways into a flooded cave, and U.S. forces and British divers joined the search. (Photo: Linh Pham/Getty Images)


A diver walks in the Tham Luang cave complex during the search for members of an under-16 soccer team and their coach in Chiang Rai, Thailand, on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)


Rescue workers carry heavy water-pumping equipment into Tham Luang Nang Non cave on July 1, 2018, in Chiang Rai, Thailand, as they looked for alternative ways into a flooded cave in the search for 12 boys and their soccer coach. (Photo: Linh Pham/Getty Images)