- Rescue attempts were conducted by Thai Navy Seals
- Eight boys had already been rescued with four boys and the coach remaining
- The young football team had been trapped for over 18 days in a flooded cave following heavy rains
All 12 children of the Thai Wild Boar football team have been successfully rescued after being trapped in a cave for over two weeks.
Rescuers on Monday, July 9, freed four more boys to bring the total of those saved to eightahead of the second phase of a desperate rescue operation.
According to Guardian, the children, aged between 11 to 16, were stuck over two miles inside the cave system in Chiang Rai after a sudden downpour rendered them unable to escape.
The second phase of rescue operations conducted by the Thai Navy Seals began on Tuesday, July 10, with the rescue of the remaining children and coach being swifter than the last two days.
Manchester United were quickest to show gratitude for the wonderful news coming in from Thailand and officially invited the team and rescuers to Old Trafford once the 2018-19 season began.
"We would love to welcome the team from Wild Boars Football and their rescuers to Old Trafford this coming season," the Red Devils' tweet on Tuesday, July 10, seen by TUKO.co.ke read.
Earlier, TUKO.co.ke reported that FIFA sent an invitation to the 12 young players and their coach to the World Cup finals on Sunday, July 15, in Moscow, Russia -if they got rescued in time.
In a letter to the president of the Football Association of Thailand, FIFA offered its “deepest sympathies and support” to the families of the young football team.
FIFA observed that the team’s appearance at the final would “undoubtedly be a wonderful moment of communion and celebration."
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