Thai Boys in High Spirits Following Cave Rescue

Image via New York Post         Former governor of Chiang Rai Narongsak Osatanakorn

The doctor said three of the boys were being treated for minor cases of pneumonia, but predicted most would be discharged after about a week. "I've never seen anything that's so precise or to the point", he said. We are so happy to hear that our son is out of the cave and to welcome him home. "I want to say thanks to those who rescued my boy".

It's been a long two weeks for the 12 boys and their coach, who became trapped in a flooded cave and had to be extracted through risky conditions. "Thank you so much to everyone that has been praying for us and the boys and helping us; thank you". And then the miracle: they got out. "My job was to transfer them along".

But he denied they were knocked out for the miraculous rescue. They were all were rushed to the hospital mostly because of fear of infection.

There is ongoing interest in the boys' condition, with news agencies from across the world cramming into Chiang Rai hospital.

Parents of the first eight boys freed have been able to visit them but had to wear protective suits and stand 2 meters (7 feet) away as a precaution.

He said his wife grew up with Samarn Poonan, the former Thai navy SEAL who died during the mission.

In the cavern, one-by-one, the boys were fitted with 5mm-thick wetsuits and full-face scuba masks.

Even for some of the world's most experienced cave divers, it set a new standard for hard rescues.

"The complexity, scale and risk of the operation was unprecedented", Glen McEwen, Australian Federal Police manager for Asia said at a press conference Wednesday.

Police officers took photographs of each other at the massive cave entrance, as pumps continued to suck out huge volumes of water.

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

But heavy rains trapped the team inside for 17 days.

He was the last man out of the cave Tuesday but emerged to tragedy, learning of his father's death shortly after the rescue had completed.

Rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters today that the entire operation would not have been possible without the unique skills that Harris brought to the mission, though he did not elaborate.

The extensive search-and-rescue operation, which included more than 1,000 people from various nations, has now switched to a treatment process.

"The bravery and heroism I've witnessed is incredibly inspiring, so, yes, this will be a movie for us", said CEO and co-founder Michael Scott, who lives in Thailand part-time and was on the scene of the rescue. "Without him, in this operation, I don't think we could have succeeded".

"Wild Boars, keep fighting!" they chanted.

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.

At the start of the seven-minute video, posted on Facebook just a day after the last of the 13 members of the group were successfully escorted out of the cave, two divers are seen adjusting their equipment while standing chest-deep in murky water. To swim through the flooded tunnels, which could get as narrow as 15 inches, one diver held the front end of the stretcher, along with the boy's oxygen tank, while another held the rear end of the stretcher.

The 12 Wild Boars players and their coach had entered the cave to go exploring June 23. "You can't blame the coach and you can't blame the kids", Thongchai said.

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