Group Of 12 Boys And Football Coach 'Found Safe' After Going Missing In Thai Caves

Twelve boys and a football coach who went missing in caves in Thailand nine days ago have been found alive, according to a Thai official.

Miraculously, all 13 are safe, the regional governor confirmed to the BBC. A massive search and rescue operation was launched after the group disappeared at the Tham Luang caves in Chiang Rai.

They were reportedly found by naval special forces.

The group of boys, aged 11 to 16, were exploring the caves with their 25-year-old coach on the 23 June.

Nopparat Knatawong, the club's head coach who didn't attend the trip, told media they would stick together. He said: "I believe they won't abandon each other. They will take care of each other."

The disappearance led to a huge outpouring of support from across the world as people wanted to know how they could help the search efforts.

Thai rescuers used cave divers, drones and drills in attempts to find the boys - with support from both the US military and British divers.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The search efforts were slowed by mud and heavy rain in the area, which many worried would flood the caves and could lead to drowning.

Hundreds of Thai people also took to social media to share their support for the group with a hashtag, which roughly translates as 'the strangers we want to meet the most', according to the BBC.


In a series of tweets, people posted their messages of support and hope - with one writing: "Come out. Everyone is waiting for you." And another posted: "I'm waiting to hear the words 'the search has come to an end, all 13 lives are safe'."

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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