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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

Thailand's 'Wild Boars' pay respects to hero diver who died in rescue

Jun 25, 2019 - 9:11 AM

Thai Navy SEAL diver Saman Gunan died during the operation, the only fatality of the three-week ordeal at the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand

A member of the "Wild Boars" football team places flowers in front of a statue of Saman Gunan, the Thai navy diver who died during the rescue of the team from the Tham Luang cave, during the first anniversary of their rescue in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on June 24, 2019. Thailand's "Wild Boars" footballers, who captivated the world one year ago after floods trapped them underground for nearly three weeks, paid respects on June 24 to the diver who died during the rescue efforts. Jittrapon KAICOME / AFP

'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

Porcine pickle: Hong Kongers divided over city's emboldened wild boars

Feb 02, 2019 - 10:15 PM

Increasingly in Hong Kong, humans and pigs are meeting face to snout

Young Wild Boar (Scientifical name Sus Scrofa) digging with his snout on the forest floor in nature park of hong kong

The week in photos: August 4-10, 2018

Aug 11, 2018 - 7:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

NO TO WAR. An Indian student wearing a mask poses with her hands painted with a slogans for peace during a rally to mark Hiroshima Day in Mumbai on August 6, 2018. Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP

Stateless footballers rescued from Thai cave granted citizenship

Aug 08, 2018 - 10:08 PM

'Today all of you get Thai citizenship,' Mae Sai district chief Somsak Khanakham says in a ceremony, as they are handed national ID cards

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 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

Thai boys rescued from cave mourn diver who died

Jul 15, 2018 - 5:03 PM

'All cried and expressed their condolences by writing messages on a drawing of Lieutenant Commander Saman and observed one minute of silence for him,' says Jedsada Chokdamrongsuk, permanent secretary at the health ministry

HONORED. 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 province bowing their heads after writing messages on a drawing of former Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan who died on July 6 during the rescue mission. Handout photo/Ministry of Health, Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital/AFP

Rescued Thai cave boys to leave hospital July 19

Jul 14, 2018 - 7:25 PM

'All 13 Wild Boars are in good physical health... all are in good spirits,' Thailand's public health minister tells reporters

IN GOOD SPIRITS. This video grab taken from undated handout footage released by the Ministry of Health, Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 14, 2018 shows rescued "Wild Boars" football team coach Ekkapol Chantawong (L) with two members of the team recovering at the hospital in Chiang Rai province. Photo handout by Ministry of Health/Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital/AFP

Thai 'Wild Boars' return to training after teammates' rescue

Jul 13, 2018 - 2:26 PM

'I want to tell the guys that I miss them and that I want to hug them,' says Wild Boars teammate Supaghid Pragaihong

WAITING FOR TEAMMATES. Members of the 'Wild Boars' football team take part in a training session in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 12, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Thai cave rescue site to become a museum

Jul 12, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn tells reporters the site will ultimately be converted into a museum showcasing the clothes and equipment used during the dramatic rescue

RESCUE OPS. Bicycles belonging to members of a children's football team, who are trapped in a cave chamber along with their coach, are seen as Thai rescue personnel (background) conduct operations under floodlights at the entrance to Tham Luang cave. File photo by Krit Promsakla Na Sakolnakorn/Thai News Pix/AFP

Thais rejoice at success of dramatic cave rescue

Jul 11, 2018 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) A few hundred school children gather opposite the Chiang Rai hospital. Their teacher leads them in a chant thanking 'everyone who came to help make the mission succeed.'

SAVED AT LAST. Thai students cheers at a school in front of hospital where the boys rescued after being trapped in a nearby cave for 18 harrowing days have been brought for observation in Chiang Rai on July 11, 2018. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

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Treacherous Thai cave rescue bid enters second day

Jul 09, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Looming rain is one of the main enemies of the operation, threatening to flood the cave complex in mountainous northern Thailand, although a bewildering array of other dangers could also doom their safe return

RESCUERS. 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. Photo by Ye Aung Thiu/AFP

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

Letters of hope from boys trapped deep in a Thai cave

Jul 08, 2018 - 12:17 AM

Players from the 'Wild Boar' football team write short notes in the gloom, reassuring parents and relatives and expressing hopes of being reunited in the near future

LETTER. This undated handout photo released by the Royal Thai Navy SEAL on July 7, 2018 shows a letter written by one of the trapped boys and handed to a diver on July 6 stating "don't worry, we're all strong" as rescue operations continue for the 12 boys and their football team coach trapped in Tham Luang cave at Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 7, 2018. Photo by Royal Thai Navy Seal/AFP

Now boar-ding – wild pig chase at Hong Kong airport

Dec 20, 2016 - 7:00 PM

An airport spokeswoman says a wild pig entered the restricted area of the Chek Lap Kok International Airport