BANGKOK, Thailand Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai will be rehabilitated after the rescue operation of 12 young football players and their coach ended on Tuesday, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

National Parks director-general Songtham Suksawang said his officers are conducting survey on the physical environment of Tham Luang cave that was affected by the rescue mission.

During weeks-long search and rescue operation, up to 1,000 officials and volunteers both Thais and foreigners took turn working around the clock in their attempt to extract the trapped group of 13.

Well water and shafts were drilled and natural water courses were diverted from flowing into the cave. Water pump, electricity system and other heavy equipment were used.

Songtham said park officials would restore the cave to its normal condition but it would take some time, least after the rainy season passes.

Regarding the safety of cave visitors in the future, surveillance cameras will be installed and a tourist service centre will be set up.

A monument of Saman Kunan, former Navy SEAL who died during the rescue operation, will be built at the cave to commemorate his heroic act.

Saman died after diving to place oxygen tanks in the cave. His sacrifice will be always remembered.

Source: NAM News Network

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