Boys rescued from Thai cave to be discharged from hospital next week

Frederick Owens
July 15, 2018

"I want pork knuckle rice", said Duangpetch Promtep, 13.

Banphot said his son lost about three to four kilograms during the ordeal and he asked for pork barbecue, Thai-styled noodle soup and a new phone to replace the old one he lost in the cave. "If the passage was low and wide you'd hold it to the side", he said. "Thanks for saving me".

The Thai cave rescue garnered global attention when 12 boys along with their football coach got trapped in the Tham Luang caves of Thailand. Then the problem became how to get them back out through the tunnels, some completely full of fast-flowing flood water.

The 12 boys rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand have less than a week before being released to the homes they haven't seen in nearly a month.

Richard Stanton, one of a pair of British caving experts who found the boys, gave reporters Friday a first-hand account of the moment he saw them emerge from behind a rock face onto a muddy ledge kilometres (miles) inside the Tham Luang cave.

He said: "Initially of course excitement, relief that they were still alive. Regarding infections, through the medical evaluations in the first days there may be some of them that had minor pneumonia, but now all is cleared, no fever", Piyasakol said.

Twenty-five-year-old coach EkkapolChantawong said: "Thank you the prime minister, all of the agencies, the [Thai] Navy Seals and all of the doctors. I just saw his cheeks and it reminded me of my own daughter and I couldn't stop the tears coming to my eyes".

As the team returned to a heroes' welcome at Heathrow Airport, it was up to Rick Stanton to speak for the team.

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"Diving conditions were extremely challenging", said cave diver Chris Jewell.

The story is already set for a retelling by Hollywood, with two production companies looking to put together movies about the boys and their rescue.

"It was a successful outcome and we played a part in an worldwide effort". The messages were similar, with each of the boys saying they were well and thanking rescuers.

The young boys, ages 11 through to 16, and their coach had plans to explore the complex cave system for an hour or so following a soccer practice the team had engaged in on June 23.

A group of Thai Navy divers in Tham Luang cave during the rescue operations.

Thai navy SEALs guided each boy one-by-one along the 2.5-mile route.

The fallen man's wife reiterated that the boys should not blame themselves for his passing. The diver was cremated on Saturday in a televised ceremony organised by the Thai royal family.

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