Thailand celebrates anniversary of cave rescue | DW News

Thailand is celebrating the first anniversary of the miracle of the Thai soccer boys who were trapped in a flooded cave. On June 23rd, 2018, twelve boys from a youth soccer team and their coach entered the Tham Luang cave in the northernmost province of Chiang Rai. But shortly after entering, heavy rains began to fall. Floodwaters rose, the boys and their coach were trapped. Early efforts to find them failed. The search team grew to hundreds of people, including diving experts and rescuers from around the world. After nine days with no news and four kilometers from the cave’s mouth, divers found everyone starving but still alive. Now came the challenging task of bringing them to safety through a flooded cave, a daring mission that cost one rescue diver his life. Finally, almost three weeks after their ordeal began, one by one, the boys and their coach were rescued. They were greeted as national heroes.

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