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Timeline: Thai cave rescue

MAE SAI - 10 July 2018: The unprecedented mission to evacuate the Wild Boar football team from a flooded Thai cave finished on Tuesday after the final four and their coach were extracted by elite foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALs.

The final stage of the complex operation, which has gripped Thailand and dominated global headlines, put an end to the 18-day saga that started when the team entered the cave on June 23.

Here is a timeline of the efforts to find and free the group.

- Saturday, June 23 -

The youngsters, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach enter the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand during heavy rains after football practice.

They are reported missing after the boys do not come home that night.

Local officials find bicycles locked to a fence and shoes and football boots close to the entrance.

- Sunday, June 24 -

Park officials and police find handprints and footprints believed to belong to the boys. Relatives start to keep vigil outside the cave.

- Monday, June 25 -

Thai Navy SEAL divers enter the cave searching for the boys. Makeshift shrines are set up for parents to pray and make offerings as heavy rains continue.

- Tuesday, June 26 -

Divers are forced out of the cave by rushing floodwaters as they try to reach an air pocket called Pattaya Beach , where the boys are believed to have retreated.

- Wednesday, June 27 -

A team of more than 30 American military personnel from the US Pacific Command arrive and are joined by three British diving experts who start to probe the cave.

- Thursday, June 28 -

Downpours create fast-moving floods inside the cave forcing a suspension of the rescue. Water pumps start draining rising, murky floodwaters.

- Friday, June 29 -

Thailand s junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha visits the site and urges relatives not to give up hop

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