Thai Cave Boys Return to School

The 12 boys rescued from a cave in northern Thailand returned to school on Monday, officials have announced.

All of the 12 boys were given a warm welcome back to school at a ceremony marked with Buddhist prayers, according to Chiang Rai officials.

Dressed in their respective school uniforms, the boys, six of which attend Mae Sai Prasitsart School in Chiang Rai province, were also given team shirts of Germany’s Bayern Munich football club by a club representative.

A dramatic 19-day search and rescue mission for the local youth football team captured the attention of the world.

Many international football clubs have invited the group to come and see matches abroad following their dramatic rescue.

The group, referred to as the Wild Boars visited Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non Cave, 1,000 kilometres north of Bangkok, on June 23 where they were trapped inside for more than two weeks after a flash flood blocked their only exit.

This led to Thailand’s biggest-ever rescue operation which involved thousands of people from many countries.

Their coach, 25-year-old Ekapol Chantawong, the only adult in the group trapped in the cave, is expected to remain a monk for three more months as a museum is being constructed near the cave to commemorate the rescue.

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