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Twelve Thai Boys and Their Coach Safely Rescued From Cave Ordeal

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11th July, 2018 18:40 IST

All 12 children of the Thai Wild Boar football team and their coach have safely been rescued from the cave ordeal. The children got trapped for over two weeks.

The children were ranged between age 11 to 16. They had been stuck over two miles inside the cave system in Chiang Rai. It happened after a sudden downpour prevented them from escaping.

Rescue efforts bore fruit on Sunday as four of the children were pulled from the ordeal. An additional four got added to the rescue tally on Monday. And, the operation to rescue the remaining children, plus their coach, was completed on Tuesday, the Thai Navy Seals confirmed.

Moreover, FIFA chief Gianni Infantino wrote in a statement,

“On behalf of the international football community, I would like to join you in expressing my deepest sympathies and support to the families of the players and coach. I hope that in some way our words of support may help bring them a little peace. And, also courage in these difficult moments of uncertainty and concern.”

However, FIFA have also invited them to watch the final of the FIFA World Cup 2018,

“If they are reunited with their families in the coming days, and their health allows them to travel, FIFA would be delighted to invite them to attend the 2018 World Cup final as our guests.”

Also, the Thai FA responded to Infantino. He thanked him for his offer. However, he also said the condition of the boys must be taken into consideration before any decision is made. Thai Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“FA Thailand appreciates Mr Gianni Infantino’s goodwill for supporting 13 trapped young footballers by inviting them as FIFA’s guests in World Cup 2018 Final. The FA still keep our eyes on their situation closely. FA Thailand believes that their health condition, both physical and mental, needs to be the top priority,” he concluded.

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