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Thais rejoice as all boys, coach rescued from flooded cave

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CHIANG RAI — The entire Thai youth soccer team trapped in a flooded cave for more than two weeks has been rescued on Tuesday following a dangerous rescue operation that has gripped the world.

Families are rejoicing after the last four boys were seen being carried from the entrance of the Tham Luang Nang Non cave on stretchers on Tuesday.

Thailand’s Navy SEALs, who were central to the rescue effort, said on their Facebook page the remaining four boys and their 25-year-old coach were all brought out safely early on Tuesday evening (local time).

Several hours later, a medic and three SEAL divers who had stayed for days with the boys in their tiny refuge in the cave also came out.

Eight of the boys were rescued by a team of Thai and international divers on Sunday and Monday.

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The third and final phase of the rescue operation began on Tuesday morning, with 19 divers involved in guiding members of the young football team through dark, narrow, underwater passages.

Meanwhile, the rescued boys, aged 11-16, have all been offered tickets to the World Cup final by Fifa but are unlikely to be deemed healthy enough by Sunday.

Doctors expect them to remain in the hospital for at least a week. And, they will be monitored closely to see if they pick up any infectious disease from deep within the cave.

Experts had warned of possible long-term psychological damage such PTSD from the ordeal, including the initial 10 days underground, in darkness and without contact with the outside world, reported AFP.

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17 dead after duck boat capsizes in Missouri

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MISSOURI — At least 17 people, including nine people from the same family, have been killed after an amphibious tour boat carrying 31 people capsized on Table Rock Lake near Branson town in Missouri, USA.

The ‘Ride the Ducks’ boat tipped over when strong winds and large waves swept through the area, as a result killing the driver as well, media reported.

Authorities, in their initial assessment, blamed thunderstorms and winds that approached hurricane strength.

Rescue authorities fished out the bodies from the lake and the age range of the deceased varies from one year to 70 years.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Branson at around 6:30 p.m on (Friday local time), about 30 minutes before the boat capsized.

There were several reports of trees falling down and structural damage, with winds reaching a high of 63 mph.

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Missouri Governor Michael Parson said that nine members of a family were killed in the tragedy. He also met with first responders, survivors and the victims of the families killed in the mishap.

He stated that there was a forecast of severe storms for southeast Missouri on Friday, while also issuing a warning to residents to take preventive actions and follow weather bulletin reports.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said that the boat was at the bottom of the lake and is likely to be recovered by Monday.

US President Donald Trump expressed his condolences to those killed in the tragedy.

He tweeted, “My deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those involved in the terrible boat accident which just took place in Missouri. Such a tragedy, such a great loss. May God be with you all!”

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