Thai Soccer Team Shown Safe in Hospital in First Footage Since Rescue

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2018

Motorists pass a billboard with a photograph showing members of the Thai children's Wild Boar football team and their coach with a message "welcome home brothers".

"Everyone is safe." With those three words posted on Facebook, the daring rescue mission to extricate 12 boys and their soccer coach from the treacherous confines of a flooded cave in Thailand was complete - a gruelling 18-day ordeal that claimed the life of an experienced diver and riveted people worldwide.

Thought their harrowing ordeal scored them an invitation from Federation Internationale de Football Association to attend the World Cup final in Russia, the rescued Wild Boars soccer team will not be able to attend the match.

According to Reuters, the children - they have low body temperatures and two have lung infections -will remain quarantined in a hospital for the next week to undergo testing.

The medic, who has not yet been identified, is thought to be Army doctor Colonel Pak Loharachun, who was seen in a video clip with the stranded boys and reportedly stayed to take care of the group.

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

The four boys rescued on Sunday are now eating normal food and walking around, while the four extracted on Monday are being given soft food.

"Pure Flix joins the rest of the world in thanking God for answering prayers for the successful rescue of those trapped in the cave in Thailand", the company said in a statement.

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

Rescue mission chief Narongsak Osottanakorn said: 'We don't see the children as at fault or as heroes.

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.

Prime Minister of Thailand Prayuth Chan-ocha asked that the boys be given time to recover. "There are extraordinary people doing extraordinary things", Glenn McEwan, the Australian Federal Police's Asia manager, told reporters in Chiang Rai.

While it's a shame the boys can't make the World Cup final, the soccer world is looking out for the Wild Boars.

England defender Kyle Walker sought out the boys' contact information to send them jerseys.

"Amazing news that all of the Thai kids are out of the cave safely!"

The intensive and highly unsafe operation to rescue the trapped group faced several formidable obstacles, including downpours, muddy floodwater, thin air, darkness, narrow choke-points and jagged and submerged sections in the cave complex.

"After all. the world is not such a bad place #humanityfaithrestored #thailandcaverescue", the actress, known in Thailand as "Chompoo", wrote.

Thai police and military personel use umbrella to shield a helicopter evacuation at military airbase in Chiang Rai as operations continue a soccer team and their coach trapped at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 9, 2018.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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