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Thailand Ministry of Public Health

All 12 of the boys trapped in a cave in northern Thailand have now been rescued, along with their 25-year-old coach, according to reports in the Mirror.

The success was announced after the final batch of stranded footballers was evacuated safely to Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital.

The announcement brings a close to a perilous mission that has gripped the world for several days.

Elon Musk's "kid-sized submarine" was ultimately "not practical" for helping rescuers save a group of boys and their soccer coach stuck in a Thailand cave, the head of the rescue operation said.

The intensive and highly risky operation to rescue the trapped group faced several formidable obstacles, including downpours, muddy floodwater, thin air, darkness, narrow choke-points and jagged and submerged sections in the cave complex. They were trapped in the sprawling Tham Luang cave on June 23, when it became flooded by monsoon rains as they were exploring it after soccer practice. Each team member has to spend time in isolation for fear of spreading infection; health officials expect all of them to be in the hospital for at least a week.

Some of the world's best cave divers have gathered at the cave in recent weeks for the mission. Four boys were retrieved one at a time through the cave by two divers.

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Trained divers from the USA, the U.K., Canada and elsewhere flew to Thailand to offer their expertise and help escort the team out through the flooded cave passages. When the first four were rescued, one of the first things they asked was how the tournament was going. Thai authorities have said the boys have stayed "good and happy". In footage captured by the BBC, families of the boys were seen hugging in front of television screens in their homes, as residents in the nearby city of Chiang Rai lined the streets, clapping and taking videos of the ambulances carrying the last few boys to Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital. As one person Tweeted on Tuesday: "I have been so anxious and had such a feeling of dread for these poor kids and the coach".

"On behalf of the United States, congratulations to the Thai Navy SEALs and all on the successful rescue of the 12 boys and their coach from the treacherous cave in Thailand", he tweeted. The machine could be "good for rescuing vulnerable patients in unsafe environments, particularly if water, toxic gas or risky bacteria/viruses are present", Musk tweeted today (July 10).

Eight of the boys were rescued by a team of Thai and global divers on Sunday and Monday. The rescue effort is slowed somewhat by the fact that the team must replenish supplies and oxygen tanks that line the 2.5-mile route out of the cave.

Rescue workers have evacuated the last of 12 kids and their coach, who remained trapped in Thailand's Khao Luang cave for more than two weeks, the Spring News TV channel reported on Tuesday. However, eight boys have been brought to safety during the last two days and the remaining five are expected to be brought out today.

Jesada said the first four taken out are eating well.

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