Photos, maps, graphics show how Thai soccer team cave rescue unfolded

Heavy rain lashes Thai cave region where 8 boys are trapped

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. "This is indeed a blessing for the Thai people".

The youngsters and their 25-year-old coach have been trapped for more than two weeks after heavy rains flooded the sprawling cave network, comprising caverns connected by tight passages.

Saman Kunan, a 38-year-old former SEAL, died on July 5 while aiding in the perilous rescue mission.

In this photo taken July 7, 2018, a Thai policeman guards an area under rainfall near the Tham Luang cave at the Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province.

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"In times of crisis, when Thai people are faced with hardship, His Majesty the King and the Royal Family have always expressed concern and closely observed the situation, and have graciously provided direct assistance to all officials involved, with constant encouragement and guidance to the rescue mission", he went on. "Such a handsome moment - all freed, great job!"

All eight boys were rescued by divers using guide ropes and shared oxygen tanks.

The rescue operation, which commenced on Sunday, was carried out in three phases.

He was taken to the same hospital in Chiang Rai where the first four boys rescued Sunday are being treated.

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