Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Thailand's Cave Boys to Be Discharged From Hospital on Thursday

Thailand's Cave Boys to Be Discharged From Hospital on Thursday

The British diver who found 12 Thai boys and their coach trapped alive in a flooded cave has described his "massive relief" as he counted them one by one, in what he called an unprecedented rescue operation.

This undated photo from video released via the Thai NavySEAL Facebook Page on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, shows rescuers hold an evacuated boy inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand. Then the problem became how to get them back out through the tunnels, some completely full of fast-flowing flood water. "Don't worry anymore. I am safe now", 13-year-old Panumas Saengdee said in Thai, per ABC.

eNCA brings you exclusive footage showing Thai navy divers several kilometres inside the flooded cave Saturday during their desperate search for the missing boys.

"The area will become a living museum to show how the operation unfolded", former governor Narongsak Osottanakorn, who led the unsafe rescue mission, told a news conference.

The youngest boy, 11-year-old Chanin Vibulrungreung, said in the video that his health is improving.

Tim Acton, 39, said: "Our job was to get them out, not to medically check on them, but you couldn't help noticing how terribly vulnerable they were". During the brief press conference at Heathrow, Mr Stanton declined to answer any medical questions but said: "They were carefully handled".

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While the boys and their coach are now in good health, there is concern about how they will deal with their fame, given the huge attention on the case within Thailand and beyond.

They were brought out safely following an extraordinary saga of global cooperation and ingenuity, as experts from many fields planned how to manoeuvre all 13 out alive.

Piyasakol told reporters the health of all 13 had improved. "Thank you so much".

The children - and their parents - have been advised to spend time with friends and family and not to give media interviews as that could "trigger post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms", the minister added.

Four days later, a former member of the Royal Thai Navy, Saman Gunan, 38, died in the cave after losing consciousness underwater during an overnight operation delivering extra air tanks.

"Now, I am very fine", 14-year-old Adul Sam-on said in English, ABC News reported. Health authorities said the 12 footballers and their coach are likely to be discharged from hospital as early as next Thursday if they show no concerning signs.

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