Thai boys 'passed by hand' to cave surface

Thailand Ministry of Public Health

(The Wild Boars is the name of the kids' soccer team).

The boys and their coach are expected to spend at least one week at Chiang Rai hospital for observation and protection against possible infections.

Thongchai said one member of the final group of four boys and the coach who arrived at the hospital Tuesday evening had a slight lung infection.

The group ventured into the vast cave complex in northern Thailand after soccer practice on June 23 and their rescue dominated front page headlines in Thailand.

"All are safe", they added, signing off with what has become their trademark "Hooyah" to celebrate the successful extractions of the other boys over the previous two days.

All were finally rescued this week, with the coach and the final four boys making the "arduous" 4km journey out of the cave yesterday.

The drama in Thailand has even resonated as far as Russian Federation, where soccer's World Cup is reaching its final stages.

- Divers and rescue workers in Thailand have begun what could be the final push to free four boys and their soccer coach still trapped in a cave in the country's remote north, according to a Thai Navy official with knowledge of the operational details.

Rescue efforts over the last few days have managed to bring eight out of the 12 boys to safety, with divers going in and out of the caves to rescue them in groups of four.

The rescued were finally carried out on stretchers from the second chamber, wearing surgical masks to ward off germs, and sunglasses due to their new sensitivity to light, the Thai military sources said.

"When I saw the diver and the kid on the horizon, I still didn't know if it was a casualty or if it was a kid so I was very scared", said Ivan Karadzic, one of the rescuers inside the cave. We'll leave the care of the young soccer players to the experts, but if tourism can help the region's economy, then we are so very happy to help promote this part of the world.

"All 4 Thai Navy SEALS came out safely..."

German footballer Lukas-Podolski said the Wild Boars were his 2018 world champions.

Wassana Saebaew lives in Myanmar and each day crosses the border to go to school in Mae Sai, Thailand.

In recent days, the 15-year-old and her classmates have found it increasingly tough to concentrate on their studies and upcoming exams.

A Perth vet was the second Australian hero who played a pivotal role in the daring rescue of 12 boys trapped in a Thailand cave. "I don't have any details about when they were being transferred from the cave", he said.

Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop praised the team members involved in the rescue effort. "FIFA's priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation and we will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a Federation Internationale de Football Association event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration".

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