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After Two Stressful Weeks, All 13 Rescued From Flooded Thai Cave

After Two Stressful Weeks, All 13 Rescued From Flooded Thai Cave

Football's governing body FIFA welcomed the rescue of 12 Thai boys from a cave but said they were too weak to attend Sunday's World Cup final in Moscow.

The rescue was a triumphant close to an audacious operation, ushering children equipped with diving gear - some of the boys had to be taught to swim - through a risky tunnel system that would challenge the most experienced cave divers. They were trapped in the cave that became flooded by monsoon rains while they were exploring it after a soccer practice on June 23. Monsoon flooding blocked their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days. Helicopters taking the boys to a hospital roared overhead. "All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave", the SEALs said, referring to the name of the boys' soccer team.

Officials confirmed to CBS News that all 12 players and their assistant coach were safe on Tuesday.

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The dozen players - aged 11 to 16 - and the coach had already received an invitation from Federation Internationale de Football Association chief Gianni Infantino last week to attend the World Cup final on Sunday in Moscow - although after their traumatic experience they may not be up to the trip physically or mentally.

The conditions of the boys pulled out of the cave on Tuesday, and their coach, remains unclear, but officials have said the eight previously rescued are in relatively good health at a hospital in Chiang Rai.

Highlighting the dangers, a former Thai navy SEAL died Friday while replenishing oxygen canisters laid at regular intervals along the route out of the sprawling Tham Luang cave.


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