First Visuals Of Thai Boys In Hospital After Being Rescued From Cave

Lewis Collier
July 12, 2018

Concerns were raised after a park officer saw the boys' soccer gear and bikes outside the cave.

They waved to the camera as they recovered from their ordeal.

Charoenpol said Ek would be warmly welcomed back into the community when he left hospital.

Seeing his son through the glass, he said he only wanted to hug him.

Narongsak, giving details of the rescue, said falling oxygen levels inside the cave complex had added a sense of urgency. And helped him to have a new life, it's like a rebirth. "Most of the boys lost an average of 2kg".

A huge worldwide operation rescued the stricken children, who became trapped in a flooded six-mile cave in the Doi Nang Non range on June 25, along with their 25-year-old coach, Ekaphol Chanatwong.

In a video that emerged hours after the group were discovered, he said: "I'm Adul, I'm in good health", and offered a traditional Thai "wai" greeting, a trademark of his manners, his teachers say. Before their discovery, they survived by drinking water dripping into their cramped refuge.

"My job was to transfer them along", he said, adding the "boys were wrapped up in stretchers already when they were being transferred" and were monitored at regular intervals by doctors posted along the kilometres-long escape route.

Without passports they are unlikely to be able to take up the invite from Manchester United FC to visit next season.

Some of the "Wild Boars" football teamm members recuperating in hospital after their cave rescue.

He said his wife grew up with Samarn Poonan, the former Thai navy SEAL who died during the mission. "No one seems too stressed".

Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong is a Thai public health inspector.

Even for some of the world's most experienced cave divers, it set a new standard for hard rescues.

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"The first eight can talk", a doctor told media at a press conference on Wednesday.

Police officers took photographs of each other at the massive cave entrance, as pumps continued to suck out huge volumes of water.

The complex mission for global and Thai divers to guide the boys and coach through the cave's flooded and tight passageways had riveted people worldwide.

The rescue team being lead by Thai authorities included a number of foreigners, including Australians and Adelaide anaesthetist Dr Richard Harris, a seasoned rescue diver.

In a nationally televised address, Prayuth said that the government's efforts, the assistance of people in Thailand and overseas, and the outpouring of moral support made the mission a success.

"The situation went beyond just being a rescue mission and became a symbol of unity among mankind", he said.

"We will also collect all equipment used in this operation". They will remain in hospital in the nearby city of Chiang Rai for a week, followed by a week's recuperation at home.

"Wild Boars, keep fighting!" they chanted.

"Pure Flix joins the rest of the world in thanking God for answering prayers for the successful rescue of those trapped in the cave in Thailand", the company said in a statement.

"By the time the last diver was out the water was already at head level, nearly to the point where he needed an oxygen tank".

The boys were held close to the divers and remained motionless for parts of the journey where they had to dive.

Questions will remain as to why the team, led by their 25-year-old coach, went into the caves during the rainy season - it is common knowledge that it is a risky time to enter, and signs at the entrance specifically warn of the dangers of monsoon rains.

The third and final group, including the soccer team's 25-year-old coach, who were all evacuated Tuesday, are taking antibiotics and at least some had lung infections.

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