Save 12 children after 9 days of lost inside a cave in Thailand Video & Pictures

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Thailand’s governor Chiang Rai said on Monday rescue teams found 12 missing boys and their coach alive in a cave nine days after they disappeared.

The boys aged 11 to 16 disappeared with their 25-year-old coach after a soccer training on June 23, in which they went to explore the Tam Luang Caves complex in a forest in Thailand.

“Thai navy special forces have found all 13 and there are indications that they are alive,” Governor Narongsak Osotanakorn told reporters.

It is not yet clear whether any of them are injured or in need of medical care but have been provided with materials that give them energy until a plan is made to get them out safely from the cave.

“I informed the Navy … that they reached the beachfront location of Pattaya Beach and then proceeded to a distance of 400 meters, where they found the 13 … who were okay,” he said.

An international search has begun since the group disappeared into the cave.

Captain Jessica Tate of the US Air Force Rescue Support Team said the search had seen “many challenges”.

“The next challenge is to get the group out of the cave.”

Narungsak said medical teams had entered the cave and would assess the health of the children within four hours and then plan to get them out.

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