All 12 boys and their soccer coach have been rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand, ending an 18-day ordeal that riveted people around the world. The remaining four boys and their 25-year-old coach were all brought out safely Tuesday. Eight of the boys had been brought out of the cave by a team of Thai and international divers on Sunday and Monday. They were trapped in the cave that became flooded by monsoon rains while they were exploring it after a soccer practice on June 23. The eight boys brought out by divers on Sunday and Monday were doing well and were in good spirits, a senior health official said Tuesday.
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