Disaster

Missing boys found in Thai cave complex

Twelve boys and their coach who went missing in a cave complex in northern Thailand have been found alive. David Doyle reports.

CHIANG RAI PROVINCE, THAILAND (REUTERS / THAI NAVY SEAL HANDOUT / TPBS / ROYAL THAI NAVY / PBS) – For nine days they’ve been praying for good news – and on Monday (July 2) those prayers were answered.

Twelve school boys and their coach, who went missing in a flooded cave complex in northern Thailand, have been found.

That’s according to the governor of Chiang Rai province who said that all 13 had quote “signs of life”.

The boys, aged between 11 and 16, disappeared with their coach on June 23.

They had visited the 10 kilometer cave complex but for more than a week the only sign they had been there were their belongings left at the entrance and hand prints on the wall.

On Monday divers from a Thai Navy SEAL unit had been trying to reach an elevated chamber where it was thought the group may have taken refuge.

Their progress to that point had been slowed by heavy rains that had flooded the caves and blocked the way out.

Over 1,000 personnel from the U.S., Britain and Japan were also involved in the rescue effort.

Doctors had said the boys would be able to survive for days without food as long as they could find clean water to drink.

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