Thai Youth Soccer Team Found Alive in Cave After Going Missing for Days, Rescue Mission Underway


12 teenage boys on a youth soccer team and their 25-year-old coach were found alive in a cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand Monday. They have been missing for nine days.

The team was exploring a cave popular with tourists and went further than locals say it is safe to go during the rainy season, CNN reports.

Last Monday, CNN reported that an official with Thailand’s national parks explained that rising waters blocked the path out of the cave, trapping the boys inside.

Throughout last week, specialists and rescue teams worked to save the group, including experts from China and Australia. Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha visited the rescue site Friday.

Rescue consultant Pat Moret told CNN that getting the boys out could be a “terrifying experience” for them.

“Worst case scenario is that they have to dive them out,” he explained. “So they’re being fully immersed in water, wearing what we know is a full face mask or maybe even some sort of commercial dive helmet to make it a little less stressful for them.”

Thai Navy SEAL posted a photo on Facebook of the ongoing rescue attempt:

This is a developing story.

[image via Getty Images]

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