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Summary

  1. All 12 members of a Thai youth football team and their coach have been brought safely out of the cave in northern Thailand
  2. The final five members rescued join eight team members taken to hospital on Sunday and Monday and said to be doing well
  3. Each person was pulled through the cave by expert divers
  4. The last Navy Seals - three divers and a doctor - are out of the cave, the rescue chief says
  5. The 12 boys and their coach were trapped by floods more than two weeks ago
  6. One former Navy diver, Petty Officer Saman Gunan, died last week carrying oxygen in the cave ahead of the rescue

Live Reporting

By Kevin Ponniah, Gareth Evans, Simon Fraser, Anna Jones, Andreas Illmer, Yvette Tan, Virginia Harrison, Joel Gunter and Heather Chen

All times stated are UK

That concludes our live coverage

We are closing our live coverage of the rescue mission that has gripped people throughout Thailand and around the world. Here's what you need to know:

  • All 12 boys and their football coach have been rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand after spending 17 days trapped underground
  • All of those trapped have been taken to hospital. The boys who were rescued on Sunday and Monday are said to be in good health. The others are being examined
  • The last support divers have also left the Tham Luang cave system in Chiang Rai province
  • The successful rescue has been celebrated across the world. Leaders including US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May have welcomed the news
  • The rescued boys are being kept in isolation due to the risk of them spreading infection. But officials say their families will visit them soon
Onlookers at the junction in front of Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital watch and cheer as ambulances transport the last rescued schoolboys
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'Be cheerful and never give up'

The BBC's Howard Johnson is in Chiang Rai, where journalists from around the world are waiting outside the hospital.

Volunteers who assisted the rescuers say they are thrilled by the news that the boys and their coach have all arrived safely.

One of the team has a message for the boys: "Be cheerful and never give up".

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Jubilant scenes after press conference

The BBC's Tessa Wong has posted a video showing jubilant scenes following the latest press conference.

Journalists can be seen cheering "hooyah!" in celebration at the successful rescue.

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Musk rebuts rescue official

Earlier today, rescuers said they did not need inventor Elon Musk's mini submarine.

"It doesn't fit with our mission to go in the cave," rescue operations chief Narongsak Osotthanakorn said.

But the man behind SpaceX and Tesla says Richard Stanton, an elite British diver who was among the first to discover the boys, encouraged him to keep working on the vehicle.

He posted what appeared to be email correspondence with the diver on Twitter.

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla
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Elon Musk is CEO of SpaceX and Tesla

The moment the final ambulances arrived

Celebrations as final ambulances arrive at Chiang Rai hospital

'Hooyah!' - Navy Seals celebrate mission

The Thai Navy Seals have just posted this picture of the last four people to get out of the cave system.

They are three divers and a doctor - all Seals. They stayed in the cave for days supporting the young boys.

"Hooyah Hooyah Hooyah."

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What we know so far

Everyone is now out of the cave after an extraordinary rescue operation that has captivated the world.

Here's what you need to know:

  • All 12 boys and their football coach have been rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand after spending 17 days trapped underground
  • All of those trapped have been taken to hospital. The boys who were rescued on Sunday and Monday are said to be in good health. The others are being examined
  • The last support divers have now also left the cave
  • The successful rescue has been celebrated across the world. Leaders including US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May have welcomed the news
  • The rescued boys are being kept in isolation due to the risk of them spreading infection. But officials say their families will visit them soon
Volunteers celebrate at a makeshift press centre in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 10, 2018
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The news of the rescue has been met with celebrations across Thailand

BreakingAll divers are now out of the cave

The rescue chief has just said all the Navy Seals - three divers and a doctor - are out of the cave.

We do not have details about their exact condition, but this extraordinary rescue mission now appears to have come to an end.

Boys' families will visit them soon

All the boys are in hospital and their families will visit them soon, Mr Narongsak said.

"I can officially say that the rest of the boys have been rescued. Their parents are going home to take a shower and change. They should be able to visit the children through the glass tonight."

Families have not yet been able to meet any of the rescued boys in person, due to a fear of infection. Instead they have had to stand behind a glass partition.

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BreakingRemaining divers almost out

The head of the rescue mission Narongsak Osottanakorn is speaking to reporters now.

He said the remaining four Navy Seal divers, including a doctor, are almost out of the cave.

"It shouldn't be more than 15 mins and they should be reaching the entrance," he said, to loud applause.

Three divers and doctor remain in the cave

As far as we know, four Thai Navy Seal rescue divers, including a doctor, remain inside the cave complex.

They had gone in to support the boys after they were found on 2 July.

The Navy Seals have called on the public to send their "best wishes".

It's getting late in Thailand. We've been told there will be a press conference later but we don't yet know when.

We will continue to bring you all the latest developments here.

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Volunteers continue effort

Our reporters have been blown away by the spirit of the many volunteers who have helped out behind the scenes of this mammoth rescue operation.

And they are still going - Kanokporn Beayjarat has been handing out ice-cold drinks to journalists outside the hospital in Chiang Rai.

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All boys now at hospital

The last ambulance has arrived at the hospital in Chiang Rai, the BBC's Howard Johnson says.

It means the final four members of the team, plus the coach, now join the eight others who were rescued over the previous two days.

The first eight have undergone X-rays and blood tests, and will remain under observation for at least seven days. They are said to be in good mental and physical health.

Some of the boys have now seen their families, but only through a glass panel in the hospital as medical staff want to protect them from possible infections.

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Elation at Wild Boars team HQ

Jonathan Head

BBC South East Asia Correspondent

Over the past week we have called in to chat to Nopparat Kanthawong, the head coach of the Wild Boars football team, and usually found him talking tensely on the phone to parents of the boys. He went over and over the events of the day the boys went into the caves with his assistant after football practice. He says he had no idea they were going.

Tonight there was an entirely different atmosphere in the house, just below the mountains where the men who run the Wild Boars meet. They laughed, shouted cheers and shook hands in a very un-Thai way. And coach Nop was smiling for the first time, and almost speechless.

"I don’t know what to say – I just want to see them, and hug them," he told me.

I was then able to show him a note from Manchester United to the rescued boys. It was an invitation to visit Old Trafford next season, as most of the boys are passionate Man U fans. There was a little disbelief, and then elation, even from coach Nop, who admits he is a Liverpool fan who has failed to convert the rest of his team. "Is this for real?" they asked.

Getting them to UK from this far-flung border town will be a challenge. Three of the boys and coach Ekapol, who was with them in the caves, are not recognised as full Thai citizens, a fairly common problem for communities along the Thai-Myanmar border. But they just made an almost miraculous escape from a cave. They will probably make it to Manchester

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Celebrations in Chiang Rai

The BBC's Howard Johnson posted this video showing an ambulance arriving at the hospital in Chiang Rai to the sound of cheering.

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Footballer offers England shirts

Footballer Kyle Walker has offered to send the boys England shirts following the news of their rescue.

The defender is preparing to face Croatia tomorrow in a World Cup semi-final.

Video footage of the boys first emerged last week, with one of them appearing to be wearing an England football shirt.

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Boys won't make World Cup final - Fifa

The young footballers had been invited by Fifa to attend the World Cup Final in Moscow on Sunday.

But their attendance was always a long shot, given the health risks they face after spending more than two weeks in a pitch-dark cave.

Fifa has just told the BBC that the boys will not be making the match.

Here's what they said:

FIFA would like to express its great joy at the news of the rescue of the 12 young footballers and their coach. We would like to convey our profound gratitude to all persons involved in the rescue operation, which unfortunately took the life of one of the divers. Our thoughts are with his family.

We have been informed by the Football Association of Thailand that due to medical reasons, the boys will not be in a position to travel to Moscow for the FIFA World Cup final. FIFA's priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation and we will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a FIFA event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration.

We can also confirm that a meeting with the Football Association of Thailand is scheduled to take place in Moscow around the FIFA World Cup final.

Together as a team again

The BBC's Nick Beake is at the hospital where the boys are being treated:

This is the moment Mission Impossible became Mission Accomplished. Families in Chiang Rai gathered at the hospital to watch the final ambulances bring in their precious cargo.

Some said they couldn’t believe it, others claimed they never lost hope. All wore the brightest of smiles. Scores of reporters rushed to their live positions to bring the news to their audiences at home.

Japanese and Brazilian networks were either side of us. Up on the 8th floor, the doctors who declared this morning that the first eight boys to be rescued are doing well will now be examining their remaining teammates and their coach.

Psychologists will be being assessing the impact a fortnight trapped underground has had.

The Wild Boars footballers went into the Tham Luang cave as a team. They survived as a team. And tonight, at the end of a remarkable 72-hour rescue, they are together as a team once again.

An ambulance leaves the Tham Luang cave on Tuesday
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An ambulance leaves the Tham Luang cave on Tuesday

Remembering diver Saman Gunan

Petty Officer Saman Gunan, a former Thai navy diver in his late thirties, died on 6 July while helping to re-supply the cave with new air tanks.

He ran out oxygen and lost consciousness.

BBC Thai spoke to his family after his death.

"I really loved him," his wife Waleeporn Gunan said. "Every day before he left for work, we said we loved each other. At midday, we'd text to see if the other had had lunch.

"I want to tell you honey, you are the hero in my heart, you always were and always will be."

Wife and father mourn 'hero' diver Saman Gunan

Why was Elon Musk at the cave?

For some, tech entrepreneur Elon Musk's attempt to help the Thai cave rescue mission was admirable.

But others questioned his motivations and suggested his presence at the site might have been a distraction.

So why was he there? We've explained why here.

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Thai volunteers break into song

The Thai public broadcaster has tweeted footage of volunteers breaking into song after news of the successful rescue.

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Happy crowds outside Chiang Rai hospital

'Thailand will now cheer for the England football team'

Our correspondent Howard Johnson met 64-year-old Manop Suksaard outside the hospital in Chiang Rai, where the boys are being treated.

Manop said Thais will support England tomorrow in their World Cup semi-final to show their gratitude to the British divers who found the boys and played a key part in the rescue.

More on those divers here: The Brits who helped find the boys

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Trump: 'Such a beautiful moment... great job!'

Thai rescuers hail international cooperation

The search and rescue effort was described by the mission chief and Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osottanakorn as a "United Nations team".

It involved personnel and volunteers from the UK, China, Myanmar, Laos, Australia, the US, Japan and many other countries.

Locals near the cave complex cooked food for those on site, cleaned divers' clothing and ferried others around for free.

Specialist divers from around the world risked their lives to enter the cave system in search of the boys.

The atmosphere now at the cave site is one of joy, but many will be thinking of Saman Gunan, the Thai ex-Navy diver who died while on a re-supply mission in the cave.

He will be honoured with a state funeral.

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The boys get an invitation to Old Trafford

Many of the young football players are said to be fans of Manchester United football club.

The team has just posted on its Facebook page, inviting the boys to their Old Trafford stadium for a visit.

"Manchester United is greatly relieved to learn that the 12 footballers and their coach trapped in a cave in Thailand are now safe," the club said.

"We would be honoured to welcome the team from the Wild Boars Football Club and their rescuers to Old Trafford this coming season."

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German chancellor hails rescue operation

Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, tweeted: "So much to admire: the perseverance of the brave boys and their coach, the ability and the determination of the rescuers."

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'We don't know if this is a miracle, science, or what'

The latest celebratory post from the rescue team reads:

"We don't know if this is a miracle, science, or what. All the 13 Wild Boars are now out of the cave."

No confirmation yet that the four remaining support divers are out.

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Theresa May 'delighted' at successful rescue

The British prime minister has tweeted to pay tribute to those involved in the rescue.

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Ambulances carrying the rescued arrive at hospital

The BBC's Howard Johnson is outside the hospital in Chiang Rai where the boys are being treated.

Ambulances have arrived at the hospital bearing those brought out today.

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How did we get to this extraordinary moment?

Boys in cave
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The news that all 12 boys and their coach have been rescued will come as a huge relief to millions in Thailand and around the world who have followed every step of this captivating story.

The boys - aged between 11 and 16 - ventured into the Tham Luang cave complex with their 25-year-old football coach, after a training session on 23 June.

It was dry when they climbed in but a sudden deluge of rain poured floodwaters into the cave, trapping them and forcing them to retreat further into the system.

News that they had gone missing sparked a massive search operation involving more than 1,000 people, with several expert cave divers from all around the world flying in to help out.

On 2 July, nine days later, British divers found the hungry and fatigued group huddled on a ledge in a cavern, sparking joyous scenes across Thailand.

Jubilation turned to grave concern after the military warned that the boys could have to wait for up to four months for floodwaters to recede before they could be rescued.

Divers brought food and other supplies, and a Navy doctor was sent in to care for the group.

On 6 July, former Thai navy diver Saman Gunan died after losing consciousness in the cave complex, where he had been delivering air tanks. His death underscored the dangers involved in the rescue operation.

Then on Sunday, Thai authorities decided they had to act, as fears mounted that the flooding would worsen under heavy rains.

And so a remarkable operation began to rescue the team. In three round trips, the boys were guided out by expert divers, navigating narrow and treacherous underwater passageways and pinch points so narrow that oxygen tanks had to be removed from their backs.

Four boys were brought out on Sunday, four on Monday, and the remaining four and their coach today.

Waiting for four rescue divers to emerge

The final part of the operation will be the emergence of four rescue divers, including one doctor, who remained in the chamber with the boys after they were found.

"Waiting to pick up four divers," the Thai Navy said on Facebook.

BreakingThai Navy Seal team: 12 boys and their coach are out

The Navy Seal team in charge of the rescue says that the 12 boys and their coach who were trapped in the cave have been brought out, completing an extraordinary and arduous rescue operation that captivated the world.

The Seal team posted to Facebook: "12 wild boars and coach out of the cave. Everyone safe. Hooyah."

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BreakingThree evacuees rescued so far today

A source inside the rescue operation has confirmed to the BBC that three people have been brought out of the caves today.

The day's operation began with four boys, their coach, one doctor, and three navy seals still in the system.

Boys were given medication for journey out of the cave

The Thai prime minister earlier confirmed reports that the boys had been given medication to prevent them panicking as they were brought out.

Prayut Chan-ocha said that they were not sedated, as some reports suggested, but given anti-anxiety medication similar to that taken by him and other soldiers.

“When we take this, we can be more focused and increase the chance of sharp shooting,” he said.

Thai Navy Seals: 'The Wild Boar pack will be reunited'

The Thai Navy Seals, who are leading the rescue operation, have posted to their Facebook page to say that the Wild Boars - the nickname of the boys' football team - will be reunited.

Whether that means all are now safely out of the cave, we don't yet know.

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Ambulances now leaving the cave site

There has been a delay today in transferring the boys from the cave entrance to the helicopter but ambulances are now leaving the site, indicating they are on their way.

The helicopter takes them from the cave site to a hospital in Chiang Rai, where their teammates are being treated.

There were reportedly cheers as the first helicopter flew over the media and volunteer centres moments ago.

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A demanding final day

The third phase of the operation, to free the remaining four boys and their coach, is also the most demanding.

As well as bringing out five people instead of the four rescued on both Sunday and Monday, several support workers have to come out before the operation is complete.

A doctor who remained in the chamber with the boys after they were found and three navy divers are all still in the system.

Although the rescue operation has been a resounding success so far, the death of an experienced navy diver in the cave last week demonstrated the dangers involved.

One ambulance leaves cave site