MAE SAI, Thailand — The scrawny boys were huddled on the floor of the cave when the British divers emerged from the murky water.
As his bright light flickered from one boy to another, one of the divers called out, “How many of you?”
“Thirteen,” one of them answered.
“Brilliant,” the diver said.
After 10 days trapped in a flooded cave complex in northern Thailand, and after an enormous search effort that had transfixed Thailand, the missing 12 boys and their soccer coach had finally been found.
In a brief video filmed by one of the divers, which was posted on the Thai Navy Seal Facebook page, the boys and their coach seemed in surprisingly good condition. Some of the boys sat and some stood as they spoke with their rescuers.
The group had been the focus of a search-and-rescue operation ever since the boys and their coach went missing in the cave complex on June 23 and were caught inside by rising floodwaters.
The two British divers who were first to reach the boys, both experts in cave rescues, were John Volanthen and Rick Stanton, according to Bill Whitehouse, the vice chairman of the British Cave Rescue Council.
英国洞穴救援委员会副主席比尔·怀特豪斯(Bill Whitehouse)称，首先发现这些男孩的两名英国潜水员都是洞穴救援专家，他们的名字是约翰·沃伦森(John Volanthen)和里克·斯坦顿(Rick Stanton)。
The next challenge will be getting the group out of the flooded cave in their weakened condition and without training as scuba divers. The boys range in age from 11 to 16, and their coach is 25.
The governor of Chiang Rai Province, Narongsak Osottanakorn, who is overseeing the search-and-rescue operation, said a medical team would treat the team members and evaluate them to determine when they could be moved.
“I assure you we found them,” Mr. Narongsak told reporters. “After we have the doctor assess their condition, they are going to give them treatment for them to able to move. Then we are going to decide next how to move them.”
Divers were finally able to reach the group after enlarging a narrow, submerged passageway that had been too small for them to get through while wearing their air tanks.
Earlier, crews had used huge pumps to reduce the water level, and divers had placed guide ropes and air tanks along the route to reach the site of the trapped boys.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun had indicated he was following events closely, helping to focus the attention of government officials.
国王哇集拉隆功(King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun)曾表示他正在密切关注该事件，使得政府官员更为关注此事。
The boys’ first question when the diver arrived was whether they could leave right away. They also wanted to know how long they had been in the cave.
The diver explained the cave was flooded, and it would take some to get them out. But he assured them that other divers would soon be bringing food and supplies.
“Many people are coming,” he said. “We are the first.”
Kham Phromthep, whose son was among the boys trapped in the cave, said that he was ecstatic when he saw his son in the video.
“I am very happy to see his face among the other faces,” he said.