International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach congratulated Thailand after a rescue team found 13 victims trapped inside a cave in Chiang Rai for over a week alive.
The IOC president’s message, sent to IOC member Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul, said: "Please accept my warm congratulations on this fantastic news and your strong will not to give up. Let me send all my good wishes to the parents and authorities. And of course congratulations to the athletes and coaches and all my best wishes for a speedy recovery to body and soul after your long ordeal. This is wonderful news.”
Twelve young football players and their assistant coach had disappeared into the cave on June 23 before being discovered on Monday evening.