PH lauds Thailand for daring cave rescue of boys soccer team

Ruben Ruiz
July 13, 2018

Hospital director Chaiwetch Thanapaisal said all 13 rescued, including the boys' 25-year-old soccer coach, and four Thai Navy SEALs are "well".

The 12 boys and their coach were gradually rescued over a series of days after being trapped in the cave since June 23. They were found by a pair of British divers almost 10 days later, huddled on a small, dry shelf just above the water, smiling with relief but visibly skinny.

During the mission to save the boys, a former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunam died after volunteering to lend his expertise.

The world held its breath over the three days it took to retrieve the Wild Boars.

Some of the rescued boys in hospital. In a grainy video captured on his GoPro camera that was later shown on TV news channels around the world, Volanthen told them: "Many people are coming".

The team and coach had ventured into the complex after a practice but became trapped when heavy rains flooded the way they'd come in.

"The boys' health is improving. relatives can now visit them in close proximity", said Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong, a health ministry inspector.

Before they were found, a family member told CBS News the boys worked together to survive for nine days in the cave.

"We will sing a song for him", she said.

"I wish them a speedy recovery so we can play football together again".

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The last of the Wild Boars team were brought to the surface on Tuesday.

It's an inspiring story fit for Hollywood: 12 fearless young soccer players trapped in a flooded cave for two weeks, dauntless rescuers risking life and limb to save the team, a wave of support from dozens of countries as the world watched with bated breath for the rescuers to emerge victorious with the Wild Boars safe in hand. They were given a tranquilliser to keep them calm throughout the process.

The boys, aged 11 to 16, had to dive for part of their journey out before they were put on green plastic toboggan-like stretchers and carried, at times through steep, rocky tunnels, with ropes strung overhead.

Otherwise, they can submit a bachelors degree or diploma or ask for a special grant from the Thai government to get Thai nationality, he said.

Thai Navy SEALs also posted photos and a video of some of their operations in the cave on their Facebook page Wednesday.

But they pressed on and, on July 8, the rescue began.

"We gave them a little bit of extra light, they still had light, they looked in good health".

"It was dark so we all had head lamps, and there was one spotlight".

Officials plan an interactive museum at the Tham Luang cave based on the historic rescue mission that will feature items such as clothing that key rescuers wore during the operation, Narongsak said.

"Everyone is strong in mind and heart", he said at a news conference of officials involved in the rescue.

Other reports by GizPress

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