The faces of Tham Luang

(Source: infographics.channelnewsasia.com)

Experts and volunteers came from all over the globe – from places like the UK, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, the US and Singapore – to pitch in.

Altogether, more than 10,000 people came to help over the course of the 18-day ordeal, including officers from the Thai Army, Navy, Air Force, police, medics, world-class diving experts, engineers, geologists, mining experts, volunteers and many more.

Australian diver Richard Harris with Thai medics (Photo: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia)

Australian diver Richard Harris with Thai medics (Photo: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia)

The final push to evacuate the survivors involved a total of 90 divers – 40 of them Thai, 50 others foreigners.

They worked meticulously and tirelessly around the clock, doing everything from transporting food and water supplies, laying cables for communication, maintaining oxygen levels and pumping out millions of gallons of water.

All of it was done with a single-minded purpose – to get the 13 out alive and well.

And as dark monsoon clouds loomed over the mountains, rescue commander Narongsak Osottanakorn declared Sunday, Jul 8 D-day.

“The boys are ready to face any challenges.”

The divers executed the operation: Sedating each boy, wrapping him in a stretcher, and using pulleys, ropes and rubber piping to pass the stretchers from diver to diver, through the narrow and submerged passageways of Tham Luang complex.

Even after the final Wild Boar had been hauled to safety, the danger was not over.

As rescue workers in the cave celebrated the success of their mission, the water pumps suddenly failed.

Water came flooding back into a section of the cave that had been submerged, made wadeable only by the pumps.

The 20 or so divers did not have air tanks with them – and had to scramble to flee the rising waters.

They only narrowly made it out in time: By the time the last man got out, the water was already at head level.

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