After a long search that at times seemed hopeless, the first signs emerged that twelve boys and their football coach were alive.
The British searches were the first to make contact deep inside Tham Luang Nang Non cave.
How many of you?
Yeah, yeah, thirteen.
We are coming, it’s ok.
Many people are coming.
Many many people.
We are the first.
Many people will come.
Ok,but one week and Monday. You have been here ten days.
Ten days.You are very strong.
Conformation outside came from the man who’ve had the job of delivering what little news there was about the fate of the missing.
This time he was able to say what everyone wanted to hear.
About the thirteen missing people, the latest report from the Seal Unit, which went in and managed to reach Pattaya Beach.
They found the beach flooded, but then they went further about 300 to 400 meters to another area of high ground.
They found our young brothers are safe.
It’s been an agonizing wait for the families, many of whom have been camping near the entrance to the cave since they went missing.
I can’t express how I feel.
It’s stunning and I’m very proud.
I never expected this day to come.
I didn’t have any information that led me to believe that my son would come out.
For more than a week, expert divers struggled to get through the cave system because of the huge amount of water flowing swiftly through it.
Progress was painstakingly slow.
And at times the conditions forced the searchers to retreat.
Getting the boys and their coach out of the cave may be a long and difficult process.
And the big challenge may still be the water level.
Even though it’s dropped dramatically in the last few days, more heavy rain is on the way.
Pumping is continuing around the clock to try to get as much water out of the cave before the heavy rains return.
The priority now is on getting food, drinking water and medical attention to the 13.
While a plan is hatched to try to get them out, which once complete will bring to an end a horrific ordeal and a remarkable story of survival.