Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
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Thai hospital releases video of rescued boys chatting in beds

Thai hospital releases video of rescued boys chatting in beds

Released on the Thai Navy SEALs Facebook page, the clip showed the boys being stretchered to freedom while wearing wetsuits and diving gear.

The "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach got trapped on June 23 when they set out to explore the vast cave complex after soccer practice, when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.

"They are getting forced to do something that no kid has ever done before", Ivan Karadzic, a diver involved with the rescue mission told BBC.

The plan, he said, is to bring out the four boys and their coach on Tuesday if the weather cooperates.

Australian divers have revealed divers and rescue workers were more than 1.5km inside the cave when the pump failed forcing more than 100 rescue workers to scramble desperately out.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha thanked people involved in the rescue in a televised address on Wednesday and said the mission had succeeded because of government efforts, the assistance of people within and outside Thailand and an outpouring of moral support.

Sgt. Saman Kunan, the Thai Navy SEAL who died as part of the rescue mission, was a friend of Scott's wife-and the movie aims to honour his legacy.

The gripping story captivated the world over the past month, and there was good news recently as all of the boys and their coach were rescued. Now, two boys along with their football coach remain in the caves.

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

None of the first group of four boys to emerge has a fever, and the two boys that had lung infections are improving. Medical officials told reporters that they're healthy, fever-free, mentally fit and "seem to be in high spirits".

Local governor Narongsak Osatanakorn said Tuesday's rescue operation began just after 10am local time and involves 19 divers. He said a medic and three SEALS in the cave, who've been looking after those trapped, will also come out. "But we will have a psychiatrist to evaluate them", he said, while stressing that the boys are "happy and smiling".

The boys lost on average 2kg during their ordeal but are said to be in good physical condition.

He said, "the kids are footballers so they have high immune systems".

However the boys - aged between 12 and 16 - would remain in quarantine until doctors were sure they had not contracted any infections from inside the cave.

Family members have seen at least some of the boys from behind a glass barrier.

In that mission, two divers accompanied each boy, guided by a rope.

They have also been given sunglasses to wear as they adjust to daylight after days trapped in the dark.

The chief national correspondent for abc has revealed that shortly after the rescue of the last four players, the main pump failed, according to military sources. It will become another major attraction for Thailand.

American billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk tweeted Monday that he had visited the cave and left behind a mini-sub rescue vehicle "in case it may be useful in the future". Around five minutes into this video, the boy shown on screen has his eyes closed but appears conscious, bringing his right hand to his torso as people gather around him.

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