Timeline: How the Thai cave rescue unfolded
( CNN )
Sunday, June 24
Rescue teams find bags and sandals 3 km( 1.9 miles) inside the cave but are forced to suspend the search because of rising waters.
Monday, June 25
Thai Royal Navy SEAL divers reach the cave and find handprints on the wall, but pause the search again because of flooding. Officials start pumping out water.
Tuesday, June 26
Heavy rain stops helicopters from searching for other entrances to the cave.
Wednesday, June 27
Approximately 1,000 army& navy troops along with local volunteers join the search. By nightfall, rescue specialists from the US military and the UK also arrive.
Thursday, June 28
Heavy duty pumps are brought in to combat the floodwaters, but heavy rain forces rescuers to pause for five hours.
Friday, June 29
Teams from China join the multinational rescue effort.
Saturday, June 30
Australia also sends in experts.
Sunday, July 1
Experts from at the least six countries, led by Thai Navy SEALs continue working to reach the caves. More equipment is flown in by plane.
Monday, July 2
Contact stimulated: Two British divers find all 12 boys and their coach alive, perched on a shelf above the floodwaters 4 km( 2.5 miles) inside the cave.
Tuesday, July 3
Thai Navy SEALs bring medical help, fresh water, food and blankets to the soccer team.
Wednesday, July 4
Experts debate how best to evacuate the boys, while rescuers practise what to do when the sons leave the cave.
Thursday, July 5
Rescuers continue to pump water out of the cave complex as trekkers try to locate a natural opening to the cavern where the sons are.
Friday, July 6
Saman Kunan, a former sergeant in the Thai Navy SEALs who was volunteering on the dive squads, dies after his oxygen runs out underwater in the cave system.
Saturday, July 7
Rescuers race to beat forecasts of heavy rain at the site in northern Thailand.
Sunday, July 8
Eighteen expert divers enter the cave and emerge 11 hours later with 4 sons who are now ferried to a hospital in Chiang Rai.
Monday, July 9
Rescuers re-enter the cave and 9 hours later bring out 4 more trapped boys. The families of the sons brought forward Sunday are allowed to see them through a glass window.
Tuesday, July 10
A third rescue mission endeavor is induced deep inside the cave for the 4 remaining boys and their coach.