Published: Fri, July 13, 2018

Thailand cave rescue to be turned into Hollywood movie

Thailand cave rescue to be turned into Hollywood movie

The footage came as various outlets reported the boys and their soccer coach were sedated to prevent them from panicking or struggling as divers ferried them through black waters and cliff sides.

Anderson said divers practised their rescue techniques in a swimming pool with local children about the same height and weight as the members of the Wild Boars football team trapped in the cave.

On Tuesday evening, all 12 boys and Chanthawong had been rescued following a three-day operation by the Thai Royal Navy and Thai Navy SEALs.

On Wednesday video showed the boys recuperating in an isolation ward in hospital, chatting to each other and making two-finger victory signs while their parents waved to them through a glass window.

Managing partner Michael Scott, who lives in Thailand and was at the rescue site in Chiang Rai as the boys were being pulled to safety, made the announcement late Tuesday on Twitter.

The saga is reminiscent of the 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days, a tale that was turned into the 2015 movie "The 33" starring Antonio Banderas.

Heroes Rick Stanton and John Volanthen were the first to reach the stricken lads in the flooded cave.

Said the SEAL Navy commander: "It was hard but we had to keep fighting".

Doctors said that when the boys first arrived, one had a heartbeat that was too slow and some other had low counts of white blood cells, though those issues have since been resolved.

British divers found the 13 members of the soccer team huddled on a muddy ledge in a partly flooded chamber inside the cave.

But the mission, which leaned on the expertise of elite foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALs, almost turned into a calamity.

The rescue chief also revealed that the operation was speeded up because of falling oxygen levels within the cave complex, as well as expected downpours and possible rise of water levels.

But according to Los Angeles-based Ivanhoe Pictures, they have been officially picked by the Thai government and navy to develop the film.

It emerged last night that the pumps draining water from the cave dramatically failed shortly after the final boy was rescued.

Thailand spent yesterday celebrating the successful mission.

Despite spending days in the dark, dank cave, the boys - aged 11 to 16 - are in good physical and mental health and eating normal food, said health officials.

Video has been released showing them in good health and in good spirits, though they will stay in quarantine for a week.

The saga of the "Wild Boars" gripped the world, with the lives of the group hanging in the balance as the threat of heavy rain injected urgency to an already perilous extraction bid.

The authorities have shrouded the details of the rescue bid in secrecy, with fragments of information emerging about the heroic efforts of the dive team. "At this time, now that the coach is out, just wait until he gives any statements and let's just wait altogether and find out at the same time", he said in an interview. "Without him, in this operation, I don't think we could have succeeded".

Rescuers had weighed several options to save the boys, including keeping them in the cave through the months-long monsoon season. That ultimately proved not to be an option when oxygen levels within the tunnels dropped to unsafe levels.

Nevertheless, the Thai Navy SEAL diving team, who controlled the operation to rescue, have been celebrated for their efforts in their home country.

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