Thai cave rescue: The pictures that had the world captivated

The 12 members of the Wild Boars football team and their 25-year-old coach have finally been rescued from the cave they were trapped in, over two weeks after they became stuck.

Millions have watched with baited breath as the rescue took place over three days.

These are the pictures that had them captivated.

Search staff stand at the entrance to the caves before the boys were discovered.
Search staff stand at the entrance to the caves before the boys were discovered. Photo credit: Reuters
The boys sit in the cave, wrapped in emergency blankets, after nine days alone in the dark before they were discovered.
The boys sit in the cave, wrapped in emergency blankets, after nine days alone in the dark before they were discovered. Photo credit: Facebook
A note sent to parents from the boys trapped inside the cave.
A note sent to parents from the boys trapped inside the cave. Photo credit: Supplied
Rescuers wade through deep water inside the cave complex
Rescuers wade through deep water inside the cave complex Photo credit: File
Saman Kunan.
Saman Kunan died after running out of oxygen while diving between the rescue centre and where the boys were trapped. He is being remembered as a hero. Photo credit: Facebook/Thai Navy Seal
Maps from inside the cave show just how deep the boys were trapped and how complex it would be to get them out.
Maps from inside the cave show just how deep the boys were trapped and how complex it would be to get them out. Photo credit: Newshub.
Water gushes out of pipes as a pump desperately tries to lower the water levels from inside the cave.
Water gushes out of pipes as a pump desperately tries to lower the water levels from inside the cave. Photo credit: Reuters
Rescuers stand at the entrance to the Tham Luang cave complex.
Rescuers stand at the entrance to the Tham Luang cave complex. Photo credit: Reuters
Billionaire Elon Musk takes a photo from inside the caves after arriving to offer help with the rescue attempt.
Billionaire Elon Musk takes a photo from inside the caves after arriving to offer help with the rescue attempt. Photo credit: Twitter
One of the rescued boys is loaded into an ambulance after being rescued from the cave.
One of the rescued boys is loaded into an ambulance after being rescued from the cave. Photo credit: Chiang Rai public relations
Rescued schoolboys are transferred from a helicopter to a waiting ambulance at a Thai military airport.
Rescued schoolboys are transferred from a helicopter to a waiting ambulance at a Thai military airport. Photo credit: Reuters
Acting Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn speaks to media about the rescue.
Acting Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn speaks to media about the rescue. Photo credit: Reuters
Journalists and onlookers celebrate after the news the last boys and their coach had been rescued.
Journalists and onlookers celebrate after the news the last boys and their coach had been rescued. Photo credit: Reuters
Rescuers remove equipment from the cave complex after the final boys and their coach have been removed from the cave.
Rescuers remove equipment from the cave complex after the final boys and their coach have been removed from the cave. Photo credit: Reuters
Police stand guard outside where the boys are staying at Chang Rai hospital.
Police stand guard outside where the boys are staying at Chang Rai hospital. Photo credit: Reuters

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