Team Rescued from Cave!

By Mikayla Richardson, Group 20

There was soccer team that had gone missing. There were 12 boys in the group, between 11 and 16 years old and their coach was 25. After a long 18 days trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand, and after an enormous search effort, the missing 12 boys and their soccer coach had finally been found in Tham Luang Cave in Northern Thailand. 

  Two British divers were the first to reach the boys. John Volanthen and Rick Stanton are both experts on cave rescues. The divers found the team sheltered in a raised part of the cave. Rescue workers used huge pumps to reduce water levels. Rains held back the rescue efforts.  Some of the boys sat and some stood as they spoke with the the rescuers. Food was the first thing on the boys minds.

The boys and their coach went into the cave complex after soccer practice on June 23 and rising floodwaters trapped them in there. The cave is a popular spot to go visit, but people need to be safe and not go near it during the rainy season that starts in July. There's even a sign that tells you to not go in it. 

What made the rescue even harder was that the kids were not able to scuba their way to safety. The divers thought the team would be in tough shape so a medical team came and had to evaluate them to determine when they could be moved. 

After they got out of the cave, the relatives of the boys celebrated the news outside of the cave. The team was not able to attend their World Cup Finals. The FIFA is now looking for a new opportunity to invite the boys to another event to share with the team a moment of celebration.