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Grit, daring and beating terror - how Thailand's cave boys were rescued

Grit, daring and beating terror - how Thailand's cave boys were rescued

Since the rescue, Tham Luang cave is becoming a tourist attraction and Hollywood directors have already started scouting for Wild Boars: The Movie.

"The area will become a living museum to show how the operation unfolded", former governor Narongsak Osottanakorn, who led the unsafe rescue mission, told a news conference.

"Thank you very much for taking care of our children".

The worldwide bid to extract the team garnered attention from around the world after the team found themselves trapped on June 23 when they entered the cave after practice and were blocked by floodwaters.

When asked if he had a message for Thai kids, he told them not to go into a cave when it's raining, eliciting laughter.

A video of the boys in hospital was shown at the news conference.

The boys lost on average 2kg during their ordeal but are said to be in good physical condition.

A new video has emerged showing the rescued Thai boys wearing hospital gowns, face masks and waving at their parents and loved ones.

But he denied they were knocked out for the miraculous rescue.

The hope that the boys will stay out of the spotlight for some time was one shared by former mine foreman Luis Urzua, who was trapped in a mine in Chile for 69 days following a collapse.

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Isn't that wonderful? The Thai rescue mission has taught us one thing.

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.

During the roughly nine-hour rescue operation, the boys were underwater for four to six hours, according to Jedsada Chokedamrongsook, the permanent secretary of the Thai Health Ministry.

"We had a little bit of hope that they might still be alive but we had to do it, we just had to move forward", Rear Adm Arpakorn Yuukongkaew said.

The exact mechanics of the rescue bid were closely guarded during the operation, but details have since dribbled out.

Closer to home, Chiang Rai locals rejoiced at the odds-upsetting rescue bid.

Questions will remain as to why the team, led by their 25-year-old coach, went into the caves during the rainy season - it is common knowledge that it is a risky time to enter, and signs at the entrance specifically warn of the dangers of monsoon rains.

Once past this stretch, they reached Chamber Three, the SEALs' main base. "I'm going to give them a hug", he said.

"The presence and support of someone who has had a shared experience of an extreme event will help them deal with the "normal" life waiting for them", Dunham explained.

Thai rescue teams walk inside cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, July 2, 2018.


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