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Thailand cave boys: Found alive and in good health

Their discovery sparked jubilation across Thailand, but extracting them from flooded cave could still take a long time.


A video shot by rescuers in flickering torchlight, 4km from the mouth of the cave in Thailand's northernmost province, showed boys sitting or standing on the rocks above an expanse of water.

Their skinny faces illuminated by a flashlight, the Thai football teammates stranded more than 10 days in a partly flooded cave said they were healthy, as heavy rains forecast for later this week could complicate plans to safely extract them.

The 12 boys and their coach are seen sitting with Thai navy SEALs in the dark cave. The boys, many wrapped in foil blankets, take turns introducing themselves, folding their hands together in a traditional greeting and saying their names and that they are healthy.

READ MORE: Thailand cave boys: Football team practicing with dive masks

The boys, aged 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach disappeared after they went exploring in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in northern Chiang Rai province after a football game June 23.

The teammates, who were trapped inside when heavy rains flooded the cave, were found by rescue divers on Monday night during a desperate search that drew assistance from experts around the globe.

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flooded cave
A rescuer makes his way down
Family members
The aunt of coach Ekapol Chantawong
Soldiers and rescue workers
family member
Thai boys are with Navy SEALs inside the cave
Rescue workers carry aid provisions

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