Thailand cave rescue: ‘It felt like saving the world’ – the full story

Exhausted and dishevelled, Thai rescue workers returned to their guesthouse in the northern town of Mae Sai late on Tuesday night, desperate for bed and a shower but visibly relieved that their dramatic mission to save 12 young boys and their football coach had been a success.

“We are so happy. I feel like a mountain has been removed from my chest,” said one man carrying a safety helmet under his arm. “Do you know the film ‘Armageddon’, where they have to save the world? That’s what this has felt like.”

News broke shortly before 7pm local time that the last of the 12 boys, aged 11-16, and their coach Ekapol Chanthawong, 25, had been pulled safely from deep inside the six-mile long Tham Luang…

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