Joy and relief have greeted the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from flooded caves in northern Thailand after divers completed a daring operation to bring them out. Seventeen days after they got trapped underground, the last five members of the group emerged on Tuesday. Their plight and the complex three-day-long operation to free them gripped the world’s attention. Celebrations have swept the South East Asian nation and further afield. There were cheers around the Tham Luang cave system in the country’s Chiang Rai province as a rescue operation involving dozens of divers and hundreds of other rescue workers came to an end on Tuesday evening. Offers of hospitality for the boys, the coach and their rescuers have come in from international football clubs including Manchester United and Benfica.
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