The great Thai cave rescue comes to an end

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Divers in northern Thailand have rescued all 12 boys – aged between about 11 and 17 – and their football coach from flooded Tham Luang caves, 17 days after they got trapped underground. Their plight and the massive, dangerous three-day-long operation to free them gripped the world's attention.

The group was cut off on June 23, after heavy rains flooded their way back out. They were found by British divers two weeks later, huddled in darkness on a ledge amid fears they could be forced to stay there for months until water receded.

There were cheers as a daring rescue operation involving dozens of divers and hundreds of other rescue workers came to an end last week. In an indication of how dangerous the journey out was, a former Thai navy diver, Saman Gunan, died in the caves after he ran out of oxygen while returning to provide the group with air tanks.