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Boys rescued from the Thai cave wear masks and rest at a hospital in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, Northern Thailand, in a still image taken from a July 11, 2018 handout video. [Photo/VCG]
Twelve schoolboys and their soccer coach were safely rescued from a cave in Thailand after having been trapped for more than two weeks on Monday.
They went missing during an excursion on June 23 and were found by two British divers in a cavern in the flooded Tham Luang cave system in the northern province of Chiang Rai on July 2.
The rescue operation was run by the Thai Navy SEALs and featured cooperation from rescue divers based in other countries including China, Myanmar, Australia and the UK, according to a report by chinanews.com.
The successful rescue of 12 boys and their football coach captured the attention of the world. People from different industries paid homage to the rescue in different ways, including cartoons and a potential feature film. The cave itself will be turned into a museum to showcase the rescue.
The cave: Museum and tourist destination
The Tham Luang cave will be turned into a museum to showcase the rescue, the head of the operation said on Wednesday according to a report by Reuters.
When asked the reason for the decision, Thai officials said the fate of the boys and the multinational rescue had put the cave firmly on the map, and plans were in place to develop it into a tourist destination.
"This area will become a living museum, to show how the operation unfolded," rescue mission head Narongsak Osottanakorn said at a news conference.
"An interactive data base will be set up," he said. "It will become another major attraction for Thailand."