Per­ilous mis­sion

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Satur­day June 23:

A dozen boys from the Wild Boars soc­cer team and their coach Ekapol Chan­tha­wong visit the Tham Luang Nang caves in north­ern Thai­land. It was meant to last an hour, how­ever, the cave flooded, block­ing their way out. One of their moth­ers is be­lieved to have re­ported them miss­ing and lo­cal of­fi­cials find their bikes out­side the cave.

Sun­day June 24:

Of­fi­cials find hand­prints and foot­prints at the cave.

Mon­day June 25:

Thai Navy SEAL divers en­ter the caves to search for the boys.

Wed­nes­day June 27:

A team of 30 US mil­i­tary per­son­nel and three Bri­tish div­ing ex­perts join the res­cue mis­sion, but ef­forts are thwarted by con­tin­u­ous heavy flood­ing.

Thurs­day June 28:

Drones are sent into the cave to find vents in the cave roof.

Satur­day June 30:

A break in the rain al­lows the divers to get fur­ther into the cave.

Sun­day July 1:

Divers set up an op­er­at­ing base which in­cludes hun­dreds of air tanks and other sup­plies.

Mon­day July 2:

The Bri­tish cave-div­ing team find the boys and their coach in the evening.

Tues­day July 3:

Med­i­cal sup­plies and food are taken into the cave as res­cuers plan how to get the young­sters out.

Wed­nes­day July 4:

The boys and coach are taught to use the div­ing masks and breath­ing gear.

Fri­day July 6:

A Thai diver, Sa­man Ku­nan, dies af­ter pass­ing out while re­turn­ing from the cham­ber, rais­ing the alarm about the low oxy­gen lev­els in the cave.

Satur­day July 7:

Touch­ing notes from the boys and an apol­ogy from the coach to the par­ents are brought out.

Sun­day July 8:

Four of the boys are mirac­u­lously led out of the cave in a night-time res­cue mis­sion. They are taken straight to hos­pi­tal.

Mon­day July 9:

Four more boys are res­cued.

Tues­day July 10:

The re­main­ing four boys and the coach are led out of the cave to an out­pour­ing of cel­e­bra­tion from the world.

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