SEAL rescue teams have found all the 12 missing young footballers and their coach lost in Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai after nine days of painstaking search and rescue mission, Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn confirmed.
His announcement was greeted with an eruption of cheers from journalists and volunteers waiting anxiously for news about the fate of the boys.
He told a hastily-called press briefing at around 10.30 pm that the boys were all found alive at a spot near Pattaya Beach.
The governor said a team of doctors will be immediately sent in to check their physical conditions.
He said he would be able to say when the boys would be brought out of the cave in four hours after a medical check-up.
He quoted a report from the SEAL rescue teams that they were all found at a spot about 400 meters away from Pattaya Beach, an elevated ground deep inside the cave.