The miracle of a rescue operation that gripped the world ended on Tuesday with the remaining four boys and their coach extracted from a flooded cave in northern Thailand, local reports say.
As soon as the last person was rescued, the Thai Navy Seals posted on their Facebook page: “We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave,” referring to the boys and their coach by the name of their school football team.
A total of eight boys were rescued in earlier rescue missions on Sunday and Monday.
The rescued boys and their coach were carried out of the cave on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance to be ferried to the helipad.
The third phase of the operation involving 19 divers began at 10.09 am local time.
Chief of the rescue operations Narongsak Osotthanakorn told media on Monday that they would be rescuing the remaining boys and their coach by Tuesday evening. He kept his word.