Twelve boys of a football team missing in Thai cave found alive after nine days

All 12 boys and their football coach missing in caves in Thailand have been found alive after nine days.

As reported by The Guardian, the governor of Chiang Rai province, Narongsak Osottanakorn, said Thai Navy SEAL had found the group in the six-mile Tham Luang Nang Non cave, on the border with Laos and Myanmar.

The official also confirmed that all of the 13 people, who are members of the Moo Pa – or Wild Boar – football team, are safe.

“They are all safe but the mission is not completed,” the Chiang Rai governor told a press conference at the command centre at the cave entrance, as quoted by BBC.

“Our mission is to search, rescue and return. So far we just found them. Next mission is to bring them out from the cave and send them home.”

The team of 12 football players and their coach disappeared nine days ago while hiking through a cave in Thailand on June 23. The searching efforts were facing difficulties as rising waters blocked the path, leaving the group stuck inside the cave network.