Cave rescue heroes

Rescuers holding an evacuated football team member during the ongoing rescue operations for the youth football team and their coach inside a cave complex at Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, Chiang Rai province, Thailand.
Rescuers holding an evacuated football team member during the ongoing rescue operations for the youth football team and their coach inside a cave complex at Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, Chiang Rai province, Thailand. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

On June 23, 12 schoolboys and their football coach vanished into a winding, dangerous cave near the Thai-Myanmar border.

They would not emerge until 17 days later, saved by a tenacious team of international divers, soldiers, medics and volunteers as the world watched, transfixed.

Here’s a recap of the extraordinary saga.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 12, 2018, with the headline 'Cave rescue heroes'. Print Edition | Subscribe