Boys Rescued from Thai Cave in Good Health

Danny Woods
July 13, 2018

The last group of the 12-member "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach was brought out of the Tham Luang cave, near the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday night, safely ending a unsafe rescue and evoking global relief and joy.

On June 23, 12 boys from Thailand's Wild Boars soccer team and their coach were trapped deep inside a cave after rising waters flooded the area.

Pure Flix Entertainment's managing partner Michael Scott and co-producer Adam Smith went to the rescue site to conduct an interview for a separate film project they are working on, which revolves around the two British divers who found the trapped Thai soccer team inside the cave. One former Thai Navy SEAL, Saman Gunan, died during the rescue operation on Friday, July 6, after running out of oxygen.

John Volanthen returned to his home country after helping rescue the 12 boys. They were able to check a watch for the time for the first three days.

That gutsy determination was on display today in a video taken from the hospital isolation ward. They wave to the camera, give the peace sign and press their hands together in prayer to show gratitude. The aim, Anderson said, was to make each of the boys "tightly packaged" so divers could keep control of them and adjust their air supply as needed.

"If it rains, the water level goes up in two hours and we can't tell what the water is doing inside, so you thought you were doing a half-hour dive and now you are doing a two-hour dive, and do you have gas for that?"

It's an inspiring story fit for Hollywood: 12 courageous young soccer players trapped in a flooded cave for two weeks, dauntless rescuers risking life and limb to save the team, a wave of support from dozens of countries as the world watched with bated breath for the rescuers to emerge victorious with the Wild Boars safe in hand.

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"The recovery process should take around 30 days after they are discharged", he added. The third and final group, including the soccer team's 25-year-old coach, who were all evacuated Tuesday, are taking antibiotics and at least some had lung infections. With the help of 16 other divers, they ferried the boys and their coach to safety through intense stretches of water.

Like the Chilean rescue, the Thai drama showcases real-life courage in the face of harrowing circumstances, said Mike Medavoy, the Oscar-nominated producer of "The 33".

"From our assessment, they are in good condition and not stressed". "I'm so happy he's safe".

Without him "this mission may not have succeeded", the Thai rescue chief, Narongsak Osottanakorn, told reporters late Wednesday.

Then the problem became how to get them back out through the tunnels, some completely full of fast-flowing flood water.

"[He] is an extraordinary Australian and he has certainly made a big difference to the rescue effort here in Thailand", she said.

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