Young soccer players and their coach missing in flooded Thai cave found alive

12 boys and their soccer coach have been found alive after they were missing for nine days in a flooded cave in Thailand.

A regional governor said all 13 are safe.

The discovery follows a mammoth search operation.

Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said late Monday that the 13 were being rescued.

He said, "we found them safe. But the operation isn't over.''

Thailand's prime minister has thanked international experts and rescuers who helped find the boys and their coach.

The Prime Minister's Office said Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha "wishes to thank the tremendous efforts of all international units that have come to assist the Thai authorities in rescuing the youth football team that was stuck in the caves in Chiang Rai.

The Royal Thai Government and the Thai people are grateful for this support and co-operation, and we all wish the team a safe and speedy recovery.''

The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach went missing when flooding trapped them after entering the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province on June 23.