The treacherous rescue mission that a team of international divers together with Thai navy seals embarked on for the last two weeks in efforts to extract the 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a cave, came to a close on Tuesday after all the remaining members were pulled out to safety.
On Sunday, the divers embarked on the daring operation and pulled out the first four boys from the flooded cave and another group of four after a 20 hours rest on Monday and then the final five on Tuesday evening.
A team of 19 divers were involved in ferrying the boys and their 25-year-old coach through the approximately 3.2km path from the higher ground in the cave where they had been sheltering.
The divers were part of a team of 90 divers involved in the entire rescue operation since the boys were miraculously discovered alive in the cave.
The ultimate rescue plan was to extract the boys in groups of four.
The 12 boys, who are members of the Moo Pa – or Wild Boar – football team and their coach were discovered alive nine days after they went missing in the Tham Luang cave by British divers.
The rescue mission had been complicated by heavy monsoon rains, which had flooded the narrow cave.
The death of a former Thai Navy Seal last week revealed just how risky the rescue mission was.
The boys, who were clad in full-face scuba masks, braved the harrowing 3.2km journey through the narrow passageways.