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Australia welcomes success in finding missing footballers

The Australian government on Tuesday issued a statement welcoming the finding of the 12 boys and their football coach alive after they had been trapped inside the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai since June 23.


In a statement published on the website of the Australian embassy to Thailand, Australia said it has been supporting the Thai government’s search efforts.

“We warmly welcome the news that 12 boys and their soccer coach have been found alive after being trapped for nine days in a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand,” the statement said.

“Our team of specialists are supporting the Royal Thai Navy to get much-needed food and first aid to the group, and plan for their safe evacuation from the cave.”

The statement said an Australian Federal Police Specialist Response Group team of six divers is continuing to assist the cave rescue operation, along with ADF, AFP and DFAT liaison and coordination specialists.

“We acknowledge the government of Thailand’s strong leadership throughout this search and rescue operation,” the statement said.

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