Thai cave boys’ first public appearance; locals, media wait for televised address

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre CHIANG RAI, Thailand July 18 : The 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave will make their first public appearance on Wednesday when they hold a nationally-televised news conference in Chiang Rai. The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach sparked an international rescue […]

‘You are my very heart’: Wife of diver who died in Thai cave mourns a hero

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK, July 12 : The wife of a former Thai navy diver who died working to rescue a young soccer team trapped for days in a flooded cave said on Thursday she missed him dearly and urged the boys not to blame themselves for his death. The rescued boys smiled and […]

‘Mission accomplished’ as Thailand and the world welcome cave rescue

By Panu Wongcha-um and John Geddie CHIANG RAI, Thailand, July 11 : Thais reacted with relief, gratitude and exhilaration on Wednesday after the successful rescue of the last group of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave complex, ending a 17-day ordeal that gripped Thailand and the world. The last members of […]

Rescuers gear up for final push to save remaining five from Thai cave

By Panu Wongcha-um CHIANG RAI, Thailand, July 10 : Rescuers resumed preparations on Tuesday for a third rescue operation deep into a cave complex in northern Thailand to free four remaining boys and their soccer coach in a race against time and monsoon weather. Four more of the boys were carried on stretchers out of […]

Today is D-Day: Rescuers begin mission to extract Thai cave boys

By Panu Wongcha-um and John Geddie THAM LUANG CAVE, Thailand, July 8 : A dangerous rescue mission to free 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach trapped inside a Thai cave for two weeks began on Sunday, authorities said, with the first survivor to possibly emerge 11 hours later. Thirteen foreign divers and five members of […]

Thai cave rescuers at ‘war with water and time’ to free trapped boys

By Patpicha Tanakasempipat and John Geddie CHIANG RAI, Thailand, July 7 : A rescue mission for a young Thai soccer team and their coach trapped for two weeks in a flooded cave is at “war with water and time”, its leader said on Saturday, but was eyeing its best chance yet to free the group […]