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Eight boys rescued from cave in northern Thailand

The 12 young members of a Thai soccer team and their coach have been rescued from being trapped deep inside a cave, marking the end of a two-week ordeal, but how did they get trapped in the first place?

After pondering for days how to get the 13 out, a rescue operation was launched on Sunday when four of the boys were brought out, tethered to rescue divers.

"If the rain god helps us, then we may be able to work fast", the head of the rescue mission, Narongsak told reporters.

Divers, however, rescued the remaining boys and their 25-year-old coach without the help of Musk's submarine. Each team member has to spend time in isolation for fear of spreading infection; health officials expect all of them to be in the hospital for at least a week.

The three Navy seals and a doctor who accompanied the boys in the cave complex are still inside.

Nevertheless, he said the rescuers were gaining experience every day. The phrase, a battle cheer that the elite SEAL unit adopted from the U.S. Navy, has become an worldwide hashtag used by people to show their support and gratitude to those involved in the rescue mission.

The final part of the operation to rescue a boys' football team from a cave in Thailand has begun.

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Cheers erupted at a local government office where dozens of volunteers and journalists were awaiting news of whether the intricate and high-risk rescue mission for the final boys stranded in a Thai cave network had succeeded. The prime minister may host a banquet to thank the foreign divers. Rescuers are preparing equipment for a third rescue mission for Tuesday morning.

"I just want to give him a hug and say I missed you", she said.

The first 4 boys who were rescued the other day, aged between 12 and 16, are now allowed to eat normal food once again. The rescue effort is slowed somewhat by the fact that the team must replenish supplies and oxygen tanks that line the 2.5-mile route out of the cave.

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The hazardous bid to rescue the boys - aged between 11 and 16 - started unexpectedly on Sunday when the rescue team said conditions were ideal for the evacuation. "When I visited them, I also told them to be good citizens".

President Trump tweeted his congratulations, describing the emergence of the last four boys and their coach as "such a handsome moment".

A message posted on the English Premier League club's Twitter account said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected".

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