Thailand cave rescue: First pics of boys in hospital

Carla Harmon
July 13, 2018

Volanthen praised the entire worldwide rescue team, which included 90 of the best scuba divers from around the world, for saving the group, who became trapped when monsoon rains struck on June 23 and flooded their exit.

They were lost for nine days before British rescue divers discovered them on July 2, sitting on a ledge in a half-flooded chamber.

The 12 boys rescued from a cave in Thailand are reported to be feeling better Thursday morning.

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Several boys can be seen in facemasks and hospital gowns, at least one giving a victory sign for the camera.


The final four boys and their 25-year-old coach were brought to safety on Tuesday, having entered the network for exploration on June 23 before it became flooded by monsoon rains.

He added that it's important for the boys to stay connected throughout life because they're each one of only 13 people who went through a unique nightmare.

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. "For SEALs, this is what we were trained for".

In this photo taken from video released by Thailand government, family members watch the rescued boys through a window at the Chiang Rai hospital in northern Thailand, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. It was nice to be a part of that and I would do it again given the option.

Though the group are healthy and in good spirits, they remain in an isolation ward waiting for the medical all-clear after more than two weeks stuck deep underground in an environment where they could have been exposed to nasty diseases. Authorities have promised to provide them legal assistance in the nationality verification process and if there were no complications in their documents all of them will have Thai nationality within six months.


Doctors, divers and other rescuers were posted along the twisting corridors monitoring the boys as they were passed through using a system of ropes, pulleys and rubber piping. He's got a very bouncy Australian accent and they [the rescued boys] seemed to find that quite relaxing and reassuring.

"We brought the children out like eggs protected in stone", Apakorn said, referencing a Thai saying equivalent to "velvet glove".

The chief of the rescue mission had called the device "not practical" for the operation, which required squeezing through narrow passageways in the cave, but a Thai military official said the mini-submarine could be useful for future rescue missions.

The rescue has dominated front-page headlines in Thailand and beyond for days.


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