First video shows boys in hospital after cave rescue

Lawrence Kim
July 12, 2018

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

Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong is a Thai public health inspector.

He did not say if the coach, the only adult with the boys for nine days before they found, was able to dive and walk out unaided.

The eight boys brought out on Sunday and Monday are in good health overall, though two are suffering from pneumonia, according to hospital staff cited by AP. It showed that many of them appeared to be in good condition.

Several boys can be seen in facemasks and hospital gowns, at least one giving a victory sign for the camera.

The Thai hospital where the 12 boys and their soccer coach are recuperating after being rescued from a flooded cave has released video showing them in their hospital beds, smiling and chatting with nurses.The video shows the boys in an isolation ward in beds with crisp white sheets and wearing green surgical masks.

All are now recovering in hospital after the ordeal.

"They talked to the boys far away from them, about 2 meters", Thongchai said.

Authorities held a press conference early Wednesday in Chiang Rai to discuss the boys' continued recovery from a variety of minor ailments. He said, "Don't need to worry about their physical health and even more so for their mental health". "All the 13 Wild Boars are now out of the cave", the Thai Navy SEAL team that led the rescue posted on Facebook after completing its mission, Reuters reported.

Brainy Adul Sam-on speaks five languages, allowing him to translate for the rescue divers.

After days of mounting speculation, a former Thai Navy SEAL diver broke the silence, revealing the boys were sleeping or partially-conscious as they were passed from diver-to-diver through the cave.

The incredible rescue has been deemed a miracle by many, but the operation wasn't without tragedy.

The rescue sparked jubilation with Thais heaping praise on the rescue team of foreign and local divers as the triumphant tagline "Hooyah" pinballed across social media.

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. "Everyone worked together without discrimination of race or religion as the ultimate goal was to save the youth football team".

None of the 12 boys had ever been diving and some did not know how to swim. Two divers were helping each one make his way through very small passages filled with water. Hai Do was the editor.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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