Rescuers in Thailand have found alive 12 young footballers and their coach who had been trapped in a flooded cave for more than a week.
The governor of Chiang Rai, Narongsak Osatanakorn, said despite the good news, efforts to return the boys to their loved ones weren’t over yet.
“We found them safe. But the operation isn’t over … We will take care of them until they can move,” he told reporters.
“We will bring food to them and a doctor who can dive. I am not sure they can eat as they have not eaten for a while.”
The team’s plight has gripped Thailand and led to an outpouring of support from around the world.
The boys, aged between 11 and 16, went missing on 23 June after entering the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai region.
According to the Associated Press news agency, Thailand is currently in the middle of a rainy season, which often causes floods in caves.
More than a thousand foreign rescuers are part of the search operation.
The rescue teams are making final attempts to pull the team out of the cave.
Thailand, located in southeast Asian, is known for its royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples.