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Pictures Capture Just How Terrifying The Cave Rescue Situation Was

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After two-and-a-half weeks stuck in a popular cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand, 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach were finally saved.

Here's a compilation of photos of the arduous escape journey that stunned the world, and new pictures of the boys in safety.

The boys, aged from 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach went into Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand On June 23 after soccer practice.

They got trapped after heavy rains flooded the cave, and unfortunately, most of the boys could not swim or had no scuba diving experience.

Luckily, two British divers found them nine days after they were lost, and in a race against time, dozens of people planned an escape journey to get these boys to safety.

The journey was by no means easy, and dubbed "mission impossible."

Even a retired Thai Navy SEAL died while trying to lay out oxygen tanks underwater.

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The mission was undoubtedly hard, but thanks to the bravery of dozens of people from around the world, it was possible.

The "Wild Boars" soccer team are in quarantine for the time being, in case of infection.

They have reportedly lost a lot of weight and suffer from lung issues, but are generally believed to be in good health.

"From our assessment, they are in good condition and not stressed. The children were well taken care of in the cave. Most of the boys lost an average of 2 kg," Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong, an inspector for Thailand's health department, told reporters.

Emotional parents line up behind a glass screen as they watch their boys get treated.

Thanks to the bravery and help of dozens of strangers, and support from around the world, these boys made it out safe!

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