Thai cave rescue 'nearly ended in disaster' as water pumps failed, divers reveal
The trio, who were manning a base inside the cave, told the Guardian they heard screaming and saw workers scrambling to reach dry ground from the tunnels.
One, speaking anonymously, told the newspaper: "The screams started coming because the main pumps failed and the water started rising. All these headlights start coming over the hill and the water was coming ... It was noticeably rising."
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The remaining 100 workers apparently made it out of the cave within an hour, including the last three Thai navy SEALs and a medic – all who had been with the boys for much of the week between them being found and being freed from the cave.
Celebrations spread across the world as the last of the Wild Boar football team were brought out of the caves following a three-part rescue mission that spread over several days.
The perilous mission saw the boys having to use scuba masks as they were led through the narrow tunnels to safety.
The first of the rescued boys were due to be reunited with their parents on Wednesday provided they wear protective suits as medics work to rule out any infections.
The footballers – who were invited to attend the World Cup Final by FIFA – have reportedly each lost an average 2kg but are said to be in good health.