File photo: Leading officials celebrate the success of the rescue operation.
File photo: Leading officials celebrate the success of the rescue operation.

Thai King thanks Laos for assisting in rescue of trapped boys

national August 16, 2018 09:31

By Vientiane Times
Asia News Network
Vientiane

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His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun of Thailand recently sent a letter to President Bounnhang Vorachit to thank the Lao people for their participation in the rescue effort to retrieve 13 young footballers from the cave they were trapped in.



In the letter, His Majesty referred to the incident, in which the boys and their coach from the Wild Boar Academy went missing in Tham Luang in the Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, Chiang Rai province, on June 23.

"The rescue mission would not have been successful without the kindness and assistance of all those involved, including important cooperation from your country, particularly the Foundation for Assisting Poor People of the Lao PDR which sent its rescue team to join Thai rescue personnel in planning and supplying rescue equipment," His Majesty's letter said.

"I therefore would like to extend thanks to the Lao People's Democratic Republic for this assistance, and for the concern and strong interest shown by the Lao people in this matter," His Majesty added. 

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