Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

PH lauds Thailand for daring cave rescue of boys soccer team

PH lauds Thailand for daring cave rescue of boys soccer team

The rescue of the twelve boys and coach from the Tham Luang cave in Thailand garnered global attention.

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

Meanwhile, despite being trapped in the dark and damp cave, health officials said that the boys, aged 11 to 16, are in good physical and mental health and eating normal food. Some made the two-finger victory sign from their hospital beds.

Parents awaiting reunion were seen crying and waving to the boys through a glass barrier meant to safeguard against potential infections.

Kham-oey Promthep, the grandmother of Duangpetch Promthep, the rescued captain of the "Wild Boars", at Tham Luang cave complex, points to a photo of Duangpetch, in Chiang Rai, Thailand July 12, 2018.

The parents have reportedly only been able to see their children through windows as they recover. The coach and a few of the boys were suffering from a mild lung infection, however, which will require medication. "Be good people, be a force for good for your country", Rear Admiral Apakorn Yuukongkaew, commander of Thailand's Navy Seals unit, said in a message to the boys before flying out of Chiang Rai.

"You hear on the video, John said 'How many?'", Stanton said.

"We are humbled to have been able to provide our expertise and experience to assist in this global operation led by the Thai government".

He credited Australian medic and diver Dr. Richard "Harry" Harris and three Thai Navy SEALs for staying with the boys and coach deep in the cave and keeping them calm and encouraged while plans were being hatched to get them out. He ran out of air while trying to swim out of the cave. "This is clearly a time of grief for the Harris family, magnified by the physical and emotional demands of being part of this week's highly complex and ultimately successful rescue operation". He praised the cooperation between Thai and global rescuers.

'The area will become a living museum, to show how to operation unfolded, ' Narongsak Osottanakorn, the former governor and head of the rescue mission, told a news conference. "Everyone worked together without discrimination of race or religion as the ultimate goal was to save the youth football team". Two divers were helping each one make his way through very small passages filled with water. "The boys' health is improving ... relatives can now visit them in close proximity", said Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong, a health ministry inspector.

Several studios have expressed interest in producing films based on the rescue, Deadline reported. Hai Do was the editor. Alice Bryant adapted them for Learning English.

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