Thai teens, coach found safe after 9 days trapped in cave

Twelve teenage boys and their football coach, who had been trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for nine days, were found safe, the government said late on Monday. Thai Navy’s ‘seal’ unit went beyond Pattaya Beach, which was flooded, and found all the 13 safe, Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn told a media conference. The rescuers’ task now is to bring them back to the front of the cave.  A medical team is getting ready to go into the cave to prepare for the safe return of those trapped to its mouth.  Narongsak said they are planning to drain all the flood out of the cave. The process may take days. The news update was met with cheers from those assembled at Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non Cave located near Myanmar. An international search effort, including experts from China, Australia, the US and Britain, had been going on since the group went missing inside the Tham Luang Nang Non 10-kilometer (6-mile) underground cave complex. People in Thailand have been praying for the 13 trapped.