Thai Soccer Team Members Recuperate in Hospital After Cave Rescue

Boys rescued from Thailand’s Tham Luang Cave had to turn down an invitation to the World Cup to remain under medical care. More

The mission to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a Thai cave is to get the Hollywood treatment in a movie announced by faith-based production house Pure Flix.

Parents of the Thai boys soccer team who were trapped in a northern Thailand cave for more than two weeks told the coach not to blame himself for the ordeal.

Rescue divers told BBC News the boys were heavily sedated during the rescue to prevent them from panicking in the water-filled passageways, which were barely large enough to fit through.

"We are not heroes".

"Early this morning Harry's father passed away here in Adelaide. after they had all come out of the cave", said Dr Andrew Pearce, of rescue service MedStar in the Australian city, where Dr Harris, also known as Harry, is a specialist.

'The cave has become of interest for both local and foreign travelers, ' Karuna Dechatiwong, TAT director in Chiang Rai province, told gathered media this week. Some sat and made the "peace sign" gesture for the camera.

Doctors treating the 12 boys and their coach who survived their misadventure said their health is normal, although a few have low fevers and mild ear infections.

"Everyone is strong in mind and heart", he said at a news conference of officials involved in the high-risk rescue effort.

The first photographs of the boys recovering in a Chiang Rai hospital were released Wednesday.

Their parents have seen them through windows but have not yet been allowed to hug them. Authorities are anxious about the possibility of infections picked up in the cave.

The last of the Wild Boars team were brought to the surface on Tuesday.

However, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has said precautions would have to be implemented both inside and outside the cave to safeguard tourists. "The best way is not to bother them and let them study".


The most risky part of the journey out of the labyrinthine cave system was the first kilometer, during which they were required to squeeze through a narrow flooded channel.

A former member of Thailand's navy SEAL unit died during a mission in the cave on Friday.

But he had denied they were knocked out for an operation the chief of the rescue had dubbed "mission impossible".

"We are not heroes".

Thailand spent yesterday celebrating the successful mission.

"Our thanks and greatest admiration go the British lead divers, and support divers along the route in and out of the cave system from the EU, US, China and Australia, as well as the vast number of participants from military and civilian organisations in various support roles".

Among those hailed were the divers from the Thai navy Seals.

The trapped group in Thailand have now all been rescued from the cave, and are now recuperating in hospital.

'For us it's not a huge race, ' said Mr Smith.

The hashtag #Hooyah was hugely popular on social media with people showing their support for the hundreds of rescuers, including divers from around the world, who helped to get the boys out.

It had been suggested the boys, members of the Wild Boars Football Club, could be invited to watch the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.

Rescuers had weighed up several options to save the boys, including keeping them in the cave through the months-long monsoon season.

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