Thai Navy SEALs Share New Cave Rescue Video

Thailand football team won't attend World Cup final

Chaiwetch Thanapaisal, director of Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital, told a news conference involving officials involved in the rescue that "everyone is strong in mind and heart".

All 12 boys were recently evacuated from Tham Luang Nang Non, Thailand's longest cave, where they had been trapped inside with their soccer coach since June 23.

The first video has emerged showing some of the 12 boys receiving treatment in a hospital after surviving more than two weeks inside a partly flooded cave in northern Thailand. They would then need to recuperate at home for 30 days, he said. Three have slight lung infections.

Mr Volanthen also paid tribute to Thai navy diver Saman Kunan, who died while replenishing oxygen canisters, saying his death was an "absolute tragedy" and brought a "bittersweet" taste to an otherwise "excellent" operation.

Meanwhile, reports say the boys and the coach were sedated to stop them panicking during the risky rescue.

"I think he helped the children a lot, being a novice monk for 10 years", said Charoenpol. "The coach was the one to choose".

Ek is a member of the Tai Lue minority, one of several groups whose people have over generations moved around the region, across open borders in remote hills between southern China, Myanmar and Laos, and into northern Thailand's ethnic patchwork of communities.

The Thai football team who were trapped in the cave.

At U-Tapao civil-military airport in Rayong province, near where the Royal Thai Navy operates out of Sattahip Naval Base, Thai navy SEALs and some foreign military personnel were given a hero's' welcome when they touched down on Thursday.

Concerns are already being raised on social media that the movie could be "white-washed", focusing more on the worldwide characters while downplaying the role of Thais.

"To see all that heroic bravery in the cave, and to get all the divers out, it's just such a touching event and so personal to me", he said in a video on Twitter. filmed at the rescue site.

He added that everyone worked together without concerns about race or religion, as the goal was to save the young football team.

Before the mission got underway on Sunday, rescue workers warned it would be a delicate operation.

Each of the boys, ages 11-16 and with no diving experience, was guided out by divers though rocky, muddy and water-filled passages that in places were just a crawl space. Relatively mild weather and a massive effort to pump out water created a window of opportunity.

"My job was to transfer them along", he said, adding the "boys were wrapped up in stretchers already when they were being transferred".

The group of 13 lost an average of 2 kilograms during their 17-day ordeal, but were generally doing well and showed no signs of stress, a senior health official said on Wednesday.

"From our assessment, they are in good condition and not stressed".

However, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has said precautions would have to be implemented both inside and outside the cave to safeguard tourists.

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