Thailand cave rescue operation

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The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Minister for Defence

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The Hon Peter Dutton MP

Minister for Home Affairs

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3 July 2018

Joint release with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Home Affairs

We warmly welcome the news that 12 boys and their soccer coach have been found alive after being trapped for nine days in a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Australia has played a small but important role in supporting the Government of Thailand’s search efforts.

Our team of specialists are supporting the Royal Thai Navy to get much needed food and first aid to the group, and plan for their safe evacuation from the cave.

An Australian Federal Police Specialist Response Group team of six divers is continuing to assist the cave rescue operation, along with ADF, AFP and DFAT liaison and coordination specialists.

We acknowledge the Government of Thailand’s strong leadership throughout this search and rescue operation.

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