Rescue Cave in Thailand is Good for The Tourists

Published June 20th, 2019 - 11:35 GMT

Tourists snap selfies by a bronze statue of the diver who died trying to save the 'Wild Boars' football team from a flooded cave, while momentos from their rescue fly off the shelves -- scooped up by the 1.3 million people who have descended on a once serene mountainside in northern Thailand.

"It's amazing what happened here. I followed everything from Australia," tourist John McGowan told AFP after taking photos at the visitor centre around 100 metres from the Tham Luang cave entrance.

"I wanted to see it with my own eyes," the 60-year-old said, adding he was a little disappointed the cave is still off limits to visitors.

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This aerial picture taken on June 15, 2019 shows visitors having their photo taken at the visitor centre for the Tham Luang cave, where 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach were trapped last year, in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

This aerial picture taken on June 15, 2019 shows visitors having their photo taken at the visitor centre for the Tham Luang cave, where 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach were trapped last year, in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows visitors taking photos in front of a mural, illustrating the efforts to rescue of the 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach after they were trapped in the Tham Luang cave last year, at the cave's visitor centre in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows visitors taking photos in front of a mural, illustrating the efforts to rescue of the 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach after they were trapped in the Tham Luang cave last year, at the cave's visitor centre in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows vendors selling souvenir photos near the entrance of the Tham Luang cave, in which 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach were trapped last year, in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows vendors selling souvenir photos near the entrance of the Tham Luang cave, in which 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach were trapped last year, in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Tourists snap selfies by a bronze statue of the diver who died trying to save the 'Wild Boar' footballers from a flooded cave, while momentos from their rescue fly off the shelves -- scooped up by the 1.3 million people who have descended on a once serene mountainside in northern Thailand. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Tourists snap selfies by a bronze statue of the diver who died trying to save the 'Wild Boar' footballers from a flooded cave, while momentos from their rescue fly off the shelves -- scooped up by the 1.3 million people who have descended on a once serene mountainside in northern Thailand. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows vendors selling memorabilia, illustrating the rescue of the 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach after they were trapped in the Tham Laung cave last year, at the cave's visitor centre in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows vendors selling memorabilia, illustrating the rescue of the 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach after they were trapped in the Tham Laung cave last year, at the cave's visitor centre in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows a girl looking through a gate at the entrance of the Tham Luang cave, in which 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach were trapped last year, in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows a girl looking through a gate at the entrance of the Tham Luang cave, in which 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach were trapped last year, in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows visitors taking photos in front of artwork illustrating the rescue of the 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach, who were trapped in the Tham Luang cave last year, at the cave's visitor centre in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows visitors taking photos in front of artwork illustrating the rescue of the 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach, who were trapped in the Tham Luang cave last year, at the cave's visitor centre in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows visitors posing for photos near the entrance of the Tham Luang cave, in which 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach were trapped last year, in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows visitors posing for photos near the entrance of the Tham Luang cave, in which 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach were trapped last year, in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Tourists snap selfies by a bronze statue of the diver who died trying to save the 'Wild Boar' footballers from a flooded cave, while momentos from their rescue fly off the shelves -- scooped up by the 1.3 million people who have descended on a once serene mountainside in northern Thailand. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Tourists snap selfies by a bronze statue of the diver who died trying to save the 'Wild Boar' footballers from a flooded cave, while momentos from their rescue fly off the shelves -- scooped up by the 1.3 million people who have descended on a once serene mountainside in northern Thailand. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

This aerial picture taken on June 15, 2019 shows visitors having their photo taken at the visitor centre for the Tham Luang cave, where 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach were trapped last year, in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows visitors taking photos in front of a mural, illustrating the efforts to rescue of the 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach after they were trapped in the Tham Luang cave last year, at the cave's visitor centre in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows vendors selling souvenir photos near the entrance of the Tham Luang cave, in which 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach were trapped last year, in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
Tourists snap selfies by a bronze statue of the diver who died trying to save the 'Wild Boar' footballers from a flooded cave, while momentos from their rescue fly off the shelves -- scooped up by the 1.3 million people who have descended on a once serene mountainside in northern Thailand. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows vendors selling memorabilia, illustrating the rescue of the 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach after they were trapped in the Tham Laung cave last year, at the cave's visitor centre in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows a girl looking through a gate at the entrance of the Tham Luang cave, in which 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach were trapped last year, in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows visitors taking photos in front of artwork illustrating the rescue of the 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach, who were trapped in the Tham Luang cave last year, at the cave's visitor centre in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows visitors posing for photos near the entrance of the Tham Luang cave, in which 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach were trapped last year, in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
Tourists snap selfies by a bronze statue of the diver who died trying to save the 'Wild Boar' footballers from a flooded cave, while momentos from their rescue fly off the shelves -- scooped up by the 1.3 million people who have descended on a once serene mountainside in northern Thailand. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
This aerial picture taken on June 15, 2019 shows visitors having their photo taken at the visitor centre for the Tham Luang cave, where 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach were trapped last year, in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
This aerial picture taken on June 15, 2019 shows visitors having their photo taken at the visitor centre for the Tham Luang cave, where 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach were trapped last year, in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows visitors taking photos in front of a mural, illustrating the efforts to rescue of the 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach after they were trapped in the Tham Luang cave last year, at the cave's visitor centre in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows visitors taking photos in front of a mural, illustrating the efforts to rescue of the 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach after they were trapped in the Tham Luang cave last year, at the cave's visitor centre in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows vendors selling souvenir photos near the entrance of the Tham Luang cave, in which 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach were trapped last year, in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows vendors selling souvenir photos near the entrance of the Tham Luang cave, in which 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach were trapped last year, in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
Tourists snap selfies by a bronze statue of the diver who died trying to save the 'Wild Boar' footballers from a flooded cave, while momentos from their rescue fly off the shelves -- scooped up by the 1.3 million people who have descended on a once serene mountainside in northern Thailand. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
Tourists snap selfies by a bronze statue of the diver who died trying to save the 'Wild Boar' footballers from a flooded cave, while momentos from their rescue fly off the shelves -- scooped up by the 1.3 million people who have descended on a once serene mountainside in northern Thailand. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows vendors selling memorabilia, illustrating the rescue of the 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach after they were trapped in the Tham Laung cave last year, at the cave's visitor centre in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows vendors selling memorabilia, illustrating the rescue of the 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach after they were trapped in the Tham Laung cave last year, at the cave's visitor centre in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows a girl looking through a gate at the entrance of the Tham Luang cave, in which 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach were trapped last year, in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows a girl looking through a gate at the entrance of the Tham Luang cave, in which 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach were trapped last year, in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows visitors taking photos in front of artwork illustrating the rescue of the 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach, who were trapped in the Tham Luang cave last year, at the cave's visitor centre in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows visitors taking photos in front of artwork illustrating the rescue of the 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach, who were trapped in the Tham Luang cave last year, at the cave's visitor centre in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows visitors posing for photos near the entrance of the Tham Luang cave, in which 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach were trapped last year, in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows visitors posing for photos near the entrance of the Tham Luang cave, in which 12 boys from the "Wild Boars" football team and their coach were trapped last year, in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
Tourists snap selfies by a bronze statue of the diver who died trying to save the 'Wild Boar' footballers from a flooded cave, while momentos from their rescue fly off the shelves -- scooped up by the 1.3 million people who have descended on a once serene mountainside in northern Thailand. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
Tourists snap selfies by a bronze statue of the diver who died trying to save the 'Wild Boar' footballers from a flooded cave, while momentos from their rescue fly off the shelves -- scooped up by the 1.3 million people who have descended on a once serene mountainside in northern Thailand. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP