Thai Cave Rescue Complete: All 12 Boys and Coach Evacuated to Safety—as It Happened

Welcome to Newsweek’s live coverage of what proved to be the third and final day of operations to rescue a youth soccer team and its coach from a flooded cave in northern Thailand.

•    Eight boys were freed from the Tham Luang cave complex yesterday and taken to the Chiang Rai hospital for tests and treatment. Two of the boys showed possible signs of pneumonia, and all had low body temperatures.
•    The final round of rescues began around 10 a.m. local time (11 p.m. EDT).
•    All 13 trapped members of the team—12 boys and their adult coach—have now been rescued.

8:33 a.m.—Icelandic Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir was the first world leader to congratulate the Wild Boars and their rescuers on the conclusion of a successful mission. "Today, hope, compassion, and courage has won," she said. Warm wishes and congratulations are coming in fast from all over the world, and as the last divers and medical personnel make their way out of the cave complex, they will receive a hero's welcome.

8:30 a.m.—The Thai Navy Seals are understandably delighted. Their latest Facebook post reads, "We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the 13 Wild Boars are now out of the cave."

8:10 a.m.—All 13 have now been rescued from the cave by Thai Navy Seals. The operation is complete, and the Wild Boars soccer team members have ended their 17-day ordeal.

7:55 a.m.—The 12th boy has now been rescued, Reuters reported, meaning all the children have been taken out of the caves. The Thai Navy Seals celebrated the announcement on their Facebook page, exclaiming, "Hooyah."

7:40 a.m.—The ninth rescued boy has reached Chiang Rai hospital, according to Thai television, while the 10th and 11th are still at the resuce site awaiting transport. Meanwhile, those rescued yesterday are being given chocolate and bread as a treat at the hospital, according to BBC journalist Rachel Kennedy.

7:35 a.m.—Foreign journalists are doing everything they can to get the edge on today's unfolding events. According to BBC journalist Jonathan Head, one has been arrested for flying a drone close to the cave entrance. 

7:18 a.m.—The prime minister has confirmed the boys were given anti-anxiety medication to help bring them out of the cave. The drugs are reportedly the same type he uses when he goes shooting.

6:40 a.m.—Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has said extra security would be placed around the Tham Luang cave complex to prevent a repeat of the Wild Boar soccer team emergency. He said the cave would be closed while additional safety measures were installed. "It’s a dangerous cave," he said.

6:20 a.m.—The 11th person has now left the cave system, according to Reuters, which is citing witnesses at the scene. The identity of those rescued so far has not been confirmed, but Thai television station Spring News TV has suggested it is the "smallest" boy, presumably 11-year-old Chanin Wiboonrungrueng.

RTS1W1ST An ambulance departs from Tham Luang cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, on July 10. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

5:33 a.m.—Reuters is now reporting that a 10th person is being carried out of the cave on a stretcher. The pace of evacuations today seems to be even faster than the previous two days. At this rate, the entire team could be freed within the next couple of hours.

5:28 a.m.—The Guardian said it had confirmed the rescue of the ninth boy. Reuters is also reporting that the day's first rescue had been successful. This leaves three boys and their coach still inside the complex. All are believed to be nearing the end of their journeys.

4:45 a.m.—As emergency teams wait patiently for news on today's resuce efforts, movie producers are reportedly laying the groundwork for a blockbuster film about the soccer team's cave rescue saga. Michael Scott and Adam Smith of the Pure Flix film company believe the story could become "a major Hollywood film with A-list stars."

4 a.m.—Elon Musk has been coming up with fresh ideas to assist the rescue. Over the weekend, the billionaire traveled to Thailand with a mini submarine he hoped could ferry the boys through the flooded cave system to safety. However, Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn has said the idea is not practical for this particular mission.

3:55 a.m.—All eight of the boys rescued yesterday are in good health, according to Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, Thailand's permanent secretary of the public health ministry. Nonetheless, they have had to turn down an invitation to the World Cup final so they can remain in hopsital for observation, according to Agence France Presse.

RTS1VWWC Rescued schoolboys are moved from a Royal Thai Police helicopter to an awaiting ambulance at a military airport in Chiang Rai, Thailand, on July 9. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

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