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Thai Navy SEAL dies after yearlong infection after cave rescue

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:35 PM

Petty Officer Beirut Pakbara is the second Thai Navy SEAL to perish after rescuing 12 boys and their coach from a cave in northern Thailand

A HERO. Petty Officer Beirut Pakbara dies from blood infection months after rescuing 12 young boys and their coach in a cave in Thailand. Photo from the Royal Thai Navy Facebook page

'Wild Boars' deal with fame one year after Thai cave rescue

Jun 20, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Their newfound fame has also forced silence on them, as the boys and their families can no longer talk freely about their ordeal – the result of exclusivity contracts that ban them from speaking to the press

A YEAR AFTER. This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows visitors posing for photos in front of a statue of Saman Gunan, the Thai diver who died during the efforts to rescue the 12 boys from the '€œWild Boars'€ football team and their coach who were trapped in the Tham Luang cave last year, at the cave's visitor centre in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai cave rescue film to be released on mission anniversary

Jan 19, 2019 - 4:45 PM

The first film on the dramatic cave rescue will be a genuine retelling of the gripping mission, directed by Thai-born director Tom Waller

British divers in Thai cave rescue make UK honors list

Dec 29, 2018 - 8:46 AM

The 7 underwater specialists receive awards for bravery and excellence, with two members – Richard Stanton and John Volanthen – given the George Medal, the country's second highest civilian gallantry award

THAI RESCUE. British cave-diver Robert Charles Harper explores an opening in the mountain during rescue operation for a missing children's football team and their coach in Tham Luang cave, Chiang Rai province on June 29, 2018.Photo by Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn/Thai News Pix/ / AFP

Thai cave boys leave Buddhist monastery after honoring dead rescuer

Aug 04, 2018 - 2:37 PM

11 of the boys, together with their coach, were ordained to 'make merit' for late rescue diver Saman Kunan

Members of the "Wild Boars" football team hand flower garlands to Buddhist monks during a ceremony to mark the end of their retreat as novice monks at the Wat Phra That Doi Tung temple in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on August 4, 2018. The Thai boys freed from a flooded cave in a rescue bid that gripped the world left the Buddhist monastery 11 days after ordaining as novice monks to honour a diver who died in the mission to save them. / AFP PHOTO / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA

Thai boys rescued from cave to be ordained in Buddhist ceremony

Jul 22, 2018 - 8:14 PM

The boys will spend time living in a monastery before returning to normal life – a common practice in Buddhist-majority countries like Thailand

THAI CAVE BOYS. This handout photo released by the Ministry of Health, Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 15, 2018 and taken on July 14 shows members of the rescued 'Wild Boars' football team at hospital in Chiang Rai. Photo by Ministry of Health/Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital/AFP

Thai cave boys speak of 'miracle' rescue after hospital discharge

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:42 PM

The "Wild Boars" team members look healthy and happy as they answer questions about the 9 days they spent in the dark before being discovered by members of an international rescue team

WILD BOARS. Rescued Thai football coach Ekkapol Chantawong (L) together with 12 children pays tribute during a press conference in Chiang Rai on July 18, 2018 following their discharge from the hospital to volunteer and former Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan who died during the rescue operation. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai cave boys to leave hospital, speak to media

Jul 18, 2018 - 12:45 PM

The Wild Boars football team are being discharged 'so media can ask them questions and after that they can go back to live their normal lives without media bothering them,' says a spokesman

THAI CAVE BOYS. This handout photo released by the Ministry of Health, Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 15, 2018 and taken on July 14 shows members of the rescued 'Wild Boars' football team at hospital in Chiang Rai. Photo by Ministry of Health/Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital/AFP

Elon Musk’s ‘pedo’ attack rattles Tesla investors: ‘This thing is unraveling’

Jul 17, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Musk's Tesla has never earned an annual profit. His tweets, the latest of which involves pedophile accusations against a key figure in the rescue of the Thai boys trapped in a cave, are proving to be a big distraction

TWEET TROUBLES. The rescue saga involving young Thai footballers trapped in a cave may be over, but a controversial 'pedo' tweet by Elon Musk, in reference to one of the rescuers, has caused some trouble for him and his company. Photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP

British caver considering legal action after Elon Musk 'pedo' tweet

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Tesla CEO Elon Musk launches a tirade against Vernon Unsworth without providing any justification or explanation, after the cave expert slams his offer of a miniature submarine to extract the footballers from the Tham Luang cave as a 'PR stunt'

ELON MUSK. Tesla CEO Elon Musk at a press conference during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27, 2016. File photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP.

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Jul 15, 2018 - 10:31 AM

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Thailand cave rescue to be turned into Hollywood movie

Jul 12, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Pure Flix is in talks actors, writers and potential investors for the movie

Thai soldiers walk out from the Tham Luang cave area as operations continue for the 8 boys and their coach trapped at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 9, 2018. Four boys among the group of 13 trapped in a flooded Thai cave for more than a fortnight were rescued on July 8 after surviving a treacherous escape, raising hopes elite divers would also save the others soon. / AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU

Thai boys were sedated, stretchered from cave in dramatic rescue

Jul 11, 2018 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) Video of the rescue is released by authorities who had until late Wednesday closely guarded the details of the seemingly unprecedented operation

RESCUE. This undated handout photo released by the Royal Thai Navy on July 11, 2018 shows one of the members of the "Wild Boars" team being moved on a stretcher during the rescue operation at Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Mae Sai district. Handout photo by Royal Thai Navy/AFP

Coach Ek, the unlikely stateless hero of Thai cave drama

Jul 11, 2018 - 4:29 PM

Coach Ekkapol Chantawong, the 25-year-old who was among the last to emerge from the cave on Tuesday, is lauded for keeping the the young footballers - aged 11-16 - calm as starvation loomed in the dark

A COACH AND HIS PLAYERS. Thanaporn Promthep, mother of one of the 12 missing boys, displays an image believed to have been taken in 2017 of her son Duangpetch Promthep, nicknamed "Dom" (pictured 2nd R-with light) and his football coach Ekkapol Chantawong (R), on July 2, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

FIFA says rescued Thai boys won't attend World Cup final

Jul 10, 2018 - 10:33 PM

'FIFA's priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation and we will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a FIFA event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration,' a spokesman says

RESCUE EFFORTS. This handout video grab taken from footage released by the Royal Thai Navy on July 4, 2018 and taken on July 3 shows Adul Sam-on (R), a member of a Thai youth football team who is trapped with 11 other children and their coach, gesturing as he sits inside the Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province. Handout image by the Royal Thai Navy/AFP

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4 boys rescued from flooded Thai cave

Jul 08, 2018 - 8:27 PM

(UPDATED)The rescued boys emerged as night fell from the Tham Luang cave complex after navigating a treacherous escape route of more than four kilometres (2.5 miles) through twisting, narrow and jagged passageways

T-Junction 'crisis' point looms near end of Thai cave rescue

Jul 08, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Authorities have highlighted the tiny passageway near T-Junction, or Sam Yak in Thai, as the most dangerous element of the journey for the 'Wild Boars' team

This undated handout photo taken recently and released by the Royal Thai Navy on July 7, 2018 shows a group of Thai Navy divers in Tham Long cave during rescue operations for the 12 boys and their football team coach trapped in the cave at Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. / AFP PHOTO / ROYAL THAI NAVY / Handout / XGTY - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ROYAL THAI NAVY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS