In Photos: Celebrating the Cave Rescue Success

Volunteers, students and onlookers show their jubilation after the extraction of 12 boys and their football coach, who spent more than two weeks trapped in a cave in northern Thailand. The operation came not a moment too soon: water pumps failed shortly after the last boy came out. Rescue workers stationed at ‘chamber three’, a base inside the cave, said they heard screaming and saw a rush of head torches from deeper inside the tunnel as workers scrambled to reach dry ground.

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Onlookers at the junction in front of Chiangrai Prachanukroh hospital watch and cheer as ambulances transport the last rescued schoolboys and their coach from a helipad to the hospital.
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The boys of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach are to spend at least a week in a hospital in Chiang Rai Province and remain under observation due to a risk of rare infections.
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A rescue worker near the site after the 12 soccer players and their coach were rescued.
Photograph: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

The elation and emotion for onlookers was overwhelming at times.
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Chiang Rai province acting governor, Narongsak Osatanakorn, who lead the ongoing rescue operation of the soccer team.
Photograph: Sakchai Lalit/AP

Volunteers celebrate at a makeshift press center in Mae Sai district.
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Students celebrate in front of Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital.
Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

Rescue workers take out machines from Tham Luang cave complex.
Photograph: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

Students hold up drawings and letters for the boys in front of Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital.
Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters



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