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Boys, coach in stable health after 10 days lost in Thai cave

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Great news!! For all of those that put their lives at risk, respect!

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I was not expecting a happy ending there. Great news.

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I teared up when I woke to this news this morning. Absolutely brilliant.

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Super news

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Thankfully, they are safe.

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Hats off to the rescuers! They really worked their butts off in finding them in time.

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Pukey2Today 07:23 am JSTOh this is wonderful news!!!!!! First, they need food and drinks, not a monk.

Don't knock the monk. He can get them food and drink or at least he can radio in for a medic to tend to them. Many monks, nuns, clergy of religions that matter are also skilled in tending to the sick, wounded and injured. Those people's roles are to tend to the needs of others - and not just spiritual matters either.

Anyway, I'm glad all 13 guys were found and rescued - alive and well. They're going to be alright now and that's some good news we all could use. I just hope this experience doesn't cause a PTSD reaction in the kids many years from now.

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Great news for the boys, their families and the Thai nation. Found by British divers. Getting them won't be easy. They said to the British diver they were hungry and promised to return with food.

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Hopefully they can get them all out safely. Those kids will need some food and rest before learning how to cave dive in order to get out (if that is necessary).

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Sometimes miracle does happen. Good job!

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Noice!!! God bless you!!!

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WOW! Totally unexpected and fantastic news. Kudos to the rescuers.

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That is awesome, just freaking awesome. I hope they get the mental health care they will no doubt need in addition to the medical care they obviously need. All that time in the pitch black with no food or water and wondering if the water would rise too much for survival has to have had generated some PTSD. My thanks and admiration to all who helped find them....

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Yeah!!! Flying confetti...

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This is great news! Hope that anyone who can help with getting them out safely is on site or on the way there.

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I was avoiding this story, mainly because I assumed the outlook was bleak after so many days, and I didn't want to be a consumer of tragedy porn.

This miracle has gotten me involved though. Amazing that they are all alive and relatively well after 10 days. I wonder what the coach did to keep their spirits up, when it must have seemed they were doomed to die there. They are not safe yet, but there is a great deal of hope now that they will be.

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The boys are very weak and may not be able to dive their way out and in the worse case will have to stay 3-4 months where they are until the water levels drop again. Big rain is predicted from Wednesday bringing new flooding. If they have to stay volunteer divers are willing to stay with them. Some of the very narrow tunnels go down while others go up.

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Great news!

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Due to my inherent fear of collapsing rock and claustrophobia I will never go into a cave. I really hope the boys get out safely but surely this is a positive development. I have to give credit to their teacher for keeping them safe. I wonder if they have been in the dark for quite a while if their batteries died.

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Kaishu

Zichi

It's amazing in this day and age that they can't..... I suppose I have taken it for granted growing up in Aus, where every man and his dog learns from an early age.

Yes, if there's a school program or when people live next to the sea like in my own case, or a large body of water like a lake but the area of the caves is a tropical mountain place. The experts on the ground are saying the most dangerous option is to bring them out under water.

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Have also dived caves in Thailand. Qualified cave diver, but not a cave rescue diver; though had experience of pulliing out other divers inadequately trained who panicked and froze inside on a long cave dive. Kids might be easier to get out as they have less fear and knowledge, but it will be a huge team effort. Lots of tanks of compressed air on standby along the route, heavy to lug around. Kudos to all taking part.

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This is great news, although please keep in mind that while they are alive, there is still some way to go.

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None of the boys know how to swim.

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Yeah I wonder if they can pump the water out or something? or drill a hole from the top somehow? sounds kind of dangerous for them to swim out....Well I hope the experts can figure something out.

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Read on another news site it could be two months before the they can walk out.....the other option is learn to scuba dive and swim out with rescuers. Wow, what a dilemma for a young kid. Learning to dive in turbid water, underground, in a cave? That or sit in that dark damp cave? Either option will test them immensely. Godspeed young fellas.

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That's a WC these kids will never forget. Glad they're all right. You're coming home, kids!

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"Chiang Rai provincial Gov Narongsak Osatanakorn said the health of the boys and coach were checked using a field assessment in which red is critical condition, yellow is serious and green is stable.

"We found that most of the boys are in green condition," he said. "Maybe some of the boys have injuries or light injuries and would be categorized as yellow condition. But no one is in red condition."

This is great news. Thanks to all who helped save these lives.

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Oh this is wonderful news!!!!!! First, they need food and drinks, not a monk.

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Fantastic news. I am worried as to how they will get them out.

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Could be a long wait for the 13 in getting them out. I sincerely hope the Thai govt listens to the experts, rather than push for a glorious photo-op-laden rushed rescue.

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Due to my claustrophobia I would probably opt to wait until the water receded however long than swim through very narrow tunnels! Put in a fiber optic cable and other amenities and enjoy cave life for a while.

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Apparently the British Cave Divers team came across them (well done Lads!), but we're not out of the woods yet. Hopefully no further rain for a while, otherwise matters may become complicated and yet more distressful for the Parents.

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The boys would have to be taught scuba diving in dark muddy waters for a distance of 6 km through tunnels not high enough for more than a single person. Finding face masks small enough for children. There will be success but how will it be achieved, They now have four months of food and water. A Thai seal doctor is with them.

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Zichi

It's amazing in this day and age that they can't..... I suppose I have taken it for granted growing up in Aus, where every man and his dog learns from an early age.

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Those military divers are well-trained, even in dark caves

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After being stuck in a cave full of snakes, I never go down.

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Did they LEARN ANYTHING ?....like to stay OUT of Caves.

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