Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Football stars ecstatic over Thai cave boys' rescue

Football stars ecstatic over Thai cave boys' rescue

The new video from the navy does not include footage of the divers in the water with the boys, but it does show a team of people using pulleys, string and rubber tubes to haul a green, kayak-shaped stretcher out of a tight crevice. None of the four boys who were the first group to be evacuated from the cave has a fever, and the three boys who have minor lung infections are improving, Thai officials said, adding that they are taking less medication and can eat anything they want. They are being monitored for infections and potentially deadly diseases they could have picked up in the cave complex.

"It might be because they were all together as a team", public health ministry inspector general Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong told reporters.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said on Wednesday the operation was nothing short of a miracle.

On Monday, July 2, nine days after becoming trapped, a group of divers found the boys 600 yards away from Pattaya Beach, an elevated rock mound within the cave system that is oftentimes used by those inside the cave when flooding occurs. He later scraps that idea, and starts testing a "kid-size submarine" in Los Angeles to put the boys in and bring them out of the cave.

They waved to the camera as they recovered from their ordeal.

His employer, South Australia's ambulance service, said his family's grief had been "magnified" by the physical and emotional demands of the rescue operation.

The commander of the navy SEAL unit that oversaw the rescue, Rear Admiral Apakorn Yuukongkaew, hailed the worldwide effort.

Thailand spent yesterday celebrating the successful mission. "For SEALs, this is what we were trained for".

But the young boy, who comes from a country where only one-third of the population speaks the local dialect, managed to help British rescuers in their operation to pull the young football team to safety.

Speaking to CNN, an emotional Wongsukchan said he had spent 16 days worrying about his son, and he was "so happy and appreciative" of the rescue effort. "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.

Foreign helpers, including some of the world's best cave divers, also began travelling home.

It went viral, earning more than 9,000 retweets in less than a day.

Manchester City and England defender Kyle Walker, whose team faces Croatia in the second semi-final later on Wednesday, said he wanted to send shirts to the boys.

A Google search on Tuesday for the words "Thai cave rescue" revealed 359 million results.

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