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The last remaining member of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach have been pulled out of a flooded cave in Thailand, bringing an end to a near three-week ordeal that prompted a huge global rescue effort. Tuesday's evacuation operation involved more than 100 people.

"This has been the largest, most complex cave rescue in history".

The footballers still awaiting rescue are about another two kilometres further in, at a point very hard to access.

Officials are hoping that the final phase of the rescue can be completed in four or five hours, Narongsak said, according to Thai Public Broadcasting.

Officials have generally waited hours to confirm rescues.

Heavy rain began falling Tuesday as rescuers worked to replenish oxygen tanks for the third mission side the cave. They are likely to be kept in hospital for a week for further tests. "Everyone is in high spirits and are happy to get out".

Musk and his team of engineers at SpaceX and The Boring Co. designed and built a mini-submarine to help rescue a soccer team of 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach.

Located a kilometre under the surface, the boys and their coach survived without food for 10 days.

Diagram of how divers are carrying out a rescue of the 12 Thai boys and their football coach who were trapped in a cave on June 23.

"We did something nobody thought possible", the acting governor of Chiang Rai province, Narongsak Osatanakorn, said once the 18-day ordeal was over. With that said, the capsule also looks like a claustrophobic's worst nightmare.

Authorities said earlier divers had to hold the boys close to bring them as they made their way out along a guide rope, and each boy had to wear an oxygen mask to enable normal breathing. They were trapped by floods more than two weeks ago.

An additional four boys were brought out on Monday, and the last four boys and the coach were rescued on Tuesday.

The second group of four rescued on Monday are aged 12 to 14.

The boys remain in quarantine but some of their parents have been able to see their children through the glass. He suggested that a tube or series of tubes could be sent through the cave network and inflated to create a tunnel for the soccer team to travel through, without needing scuba gear.

Three ambulances along with cars, hummers and soldiers have been seen entering the cave site where rescuers have been carrying out a high-stakes operation to bring out trapped members of a youth soccer team.

They also said counselling would be needed to deal with the psychological trauma of spending so long not knowing whether they were going to survive.

Thought their harrowing ordeal scored them an invitation from Federation Internationale de Football Association to attend the World Cup final in Russia, the rescued Wild Boars soccer team will not be able to attend the match.