TEHRAN (Press Shia) – All 12 Soccer players and their coach were found alive by an international rescue team after being trapped in a cave for 9 days in Thailand.
Thailand’s Navy SEALS released a video of the rescue operation showing all 13 alive.
'Thai Navy SEALS have found all 13 with signs of life,' Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters.
He added: 'We found them safe. But the operation isn't over.' An international search effort has gone on since the group went missing inside the Tham Luang cave.
The boys (inset) are aged 11 to 16 and are with their 25-year-old coach. They disappeared when flooding trapped them after entering the cave on June 23.
However, bringing the boys and their coach up to the surface is a complicated task. Engineers have been pumping water out of the cave for a week, and a temporary respite from the rains has also lowered water levels. By Tuesday they were removing 10,000 liters of water an hour, lowering the water level by a centimeter every hour.
But heavy precipitation expected in the coming days, as the rainy season begins, could severely hamper rescue efforts and the boys might have to wait as long as several months for the waters to recede to safe levels.
More than 1,000 Thai military personnel are at the site as well as teams from seven countries, including the UK, US and Australia.