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Thai boys were passed 'sleeping' through cave, says rescue diver

Thai boys were passed 'sleeping' through cave, says rescue diver

"People are united together", Komolvadhin, a Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS) anchor, told "20/20". "We feel so in debt of gratitude for his help this time".

Earlier this week, Christian film studio Pure Flix announced it was on the ground in Thailand and seeking exclusive rights to the stories of rescuers, divers, and the families of the 12 boys and their coach who were trapped in a cave for up to 17 days.

Concerns are already being raised on social media that the movie could be "white-washed", focusing more on the worldwide characters while downplaying the role of Thais.

As the days ticked by, Komolvadhin described an intense scene at the mouth of the cave where everyone was "anxiously waiting" for updates.

In the first videos since their rescue after 17 days trapped in a flooded cave, the team waved and made peace signs from their beds as loved ones watched outside the glassed-off room.

In another video, released by the government of Thailand on Wednesday, the boys seem energetic and healthy.

"The cave [has] zero visibility", she said.

Divers began a search operation on June 25, and the group was finally found - all alive - by British divers on July 2.

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

But he denied they were knocked out for the miraculous rescue. He said, "The situation went beyond just being a rescue mission and became a symbol of unity among man".

This week, after an 18-day ordeal, they were all rescued from the cave complex. Alice Bryant adapted them for Learning English.

Buoyancy compensators that establish neutral buoyancy underwater, hooded wetsuits, bungee cords and special face masks were carried by divers to the cramped patch of dry elevated ground where the boys were huddled.

Rescuers had weighed up several options to save the boys, including keeping them in the cave through the months-long monsoon season. The rescue mission was so unsafe, a former member of Thailand's navy SEAL unit died during a mission in the cave on Friday. That was the moment that seemed to unite the politically fractured Thailand, Komolvadhin said.

The boys were reportedly sedated though there have been conflicting reports about the kind of medicine they received, with some saying they got anti-anxiety medication to keep them calm while Peeranarong said some of them had been fully sedated. "We couldn't cope and we were adults", Urzua told Reuters.

AT least two Hollywood production companies are looking into putting the dramatic rescue of the "Wild Boars" soccer team on the big screen but social media is abuzz with the potential whitewashing of the proposed film. "It's just a shame that we have to wait for them to risk their lives and be in the dark for weeks first before they will get what they are entitled to".

"A doctor told us that their spirit - their mental health are quite good". They will be able to eat normally this evening. "The best way is not to bother them and let them study".

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.


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