Thai boys recuperate in hospital

Lewis Collier
July 13, 2018

"If it rains, the water level goes up in two hours and we can't tell what the water is doing inside, so you thought you were doing a half-hour dive and now you are doing a two-hour dive, and do you have gas for that?"

"We're not heroes", Volanthen said, despite headlines in the British newspapers describing him and the other worldwide rescuers as just that.

With the boys still recuperating in hospital, US-based production companies have already taken an interest in turning their story into a motion picture. Some sat and made the "peace sign" gesture for the camera.

The operation the world will never forget - expert divers plunge into Tham Luang cave which encased the trapped boys and their soccer coach for weeks. The boys are expected to be released within seven days barring complications.

At a school opposite the hospital in Chiang Rai where the boys are recovering, schoolchildren were in an excited, celebratory mood.

Meanwhile, doctors said the boys they saved have so far not shown any significant ill effects from their ordeal as rescuers head home. Authorities are anxious about the possibility of infections picked up in the cave.

The four boys rescued Sunday have normal heart rates and no fever, and the two of them with lung infections are improving.

"The important thing is ... personal space", Prayuth told reporters. "The best way is not to bother them and let them study".

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Volanthen praised the entire global rescue team, which included 90 of the best scuba divers from around the world, for saving the group, who became trapped when monsoon rains struck on June 23 and flooded their exit.

They survived on snacks they brought with them and by drinking water running down cave walls, authorities said.

The most risky part of the journey out of the labyrinthine cave system was the first kilometer, during which they were required to squeeze through a narrow flooded channel.

He also paid tribute to Thai navy diver Saman Kunan, who died while replenishing oxygen canisters, saying his death brought a "bittersweet" taste to an otherwise successful operation. But the unit's chief, Rear-Admiral Arpakorn Yuukongkaew, downplayed his men's efforts when he spoke to The Straits Times.

He added: "We are not heroes". "For SEALs, this is what we were trained for". The navy has a motto: 'We don't abandon the people'. There were volunteers from Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Ukraine and Finland.

The team became captured within a cave in Thailand on June 23 and survived for 18 long days before being miraculously rescued by a fearless group of global divers.

Variety reports that Chu is teaming up on the movie with Ivanhoe Pictures, which is in contact with senior officials in Thailand about the rescue.

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