Locals awed after Thai cave rescue captured world's attention

Thailand Ministry of Public Health

Thais reacted with relief, gratitude and exhilaration after the last group of the "Wild Boars" soccer team was rescued from the Tham Luang cave, near the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday night, ending an ordeal that gripped Thailand and the world.

The acting governor of Chiang Rai state, Narongsak Osottanakorn, led the rescue operation.

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.

It had been suggested the boys, members of the Wild Boars Football Club, could be invited to watch the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.

She said his role had been "quite extraordinary" and the government planned to formally honour all the Australians who took part in the rescue.

On Monday, family members told CNN officials hadn't revealed which children had been rescued and who was still inside the cave Families had vowed to wait at the cave entrance until all of the boys, and their coach, were taken out.

"I'm very happy that children are all out", said one of the men employed by the Thai government to help with the rescue.

The Thai navy SEALs chant rang around the media centre opposite the site when news filtered through around 6.30pm local time on Tuesday that coach Ekapol Chanthawong, 25, was the last to be extracted from the cave after more than two weeks.

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As celebrations rang out across the world over the stranger-than-fiction Thai cave rescue's success, a hero who was the last to leave the mountain found out his father had died. But he added they can not yet have the spicy treats that many Thais like to eat.

Musk floated a plan on Twitter on Friday that could help rescue the boys and said engineers from his companies would travel to Thailand on Saturday.

By this past weekend, more than 100 divers, as well as support and medical staff, were at the scene as the first boys were brought out.

Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around their hospital beds. Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the rescued boys and some of their parents said they had not been told who had been brought out.

Walker tweeted: "Amazing news that all of the Thai kids are out of the cave safely!" "None of them show a level of stress that we should be concerned about".

The boys were in isolation in the hospital to prevent infections by outsiders.

All 13 would be kept in quarantine at the hospital for seven days and their health would be monitored for seven more days after being discharged.

President Donald Trump joined those paying tribute to the rescuers. Each of the nine chambers had a doctor waiting, and the boys were evaluated at each chamber.

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