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There is good news about the twelve boys and their football [coaching / coach] who are trapped in a Thai cave. They are [live / alive] and well. The group was missing [for / from] nine days, but was found by rescuers yesterday. Thailand has been [praying / prayed] for them to be found since they went missing on June 23. The search [of / for] the group was 24-hour news in Thailand. It was unclear where they were or [weather / whether] or not they were still alive. The boys, aged [among / between] 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach went [missing / missed] . They went into the cave in northern Thailand when it was [dried / dry] , but there was suddenly heavy rain. This blocked the exit to the cave. The rain [flood / flooded] it and the boys and their coach were trapped.

The bad news is that the soccer team could [been / be] trapped in the cave for months. Rescuers have to wait until the water [recede / recedes] (goes down) before the team can get out. Another [possible / possibility] is for the boys to learn to dive. If they [do / done] that, they can get out sooner. However, none of the boys can [swimming / swim] . Rescuers say they may have to take food, medicine and supplies to the boys for the [soon / next] four months. They are currently trying to put [power / powerful] and telephone lines in the cave. Two British rescue divers who found the boys said they were all [happily / happy] , but very, very [hungry / hungrily] . The rescuers took a video of them. A mother of one of the boys described her happiness. She said: "I'm so happy I can't put it into [word / words] ."

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