Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Thai boys recuperate in hospital

One of the giant pumps failed after the last of the boys had been rescued causing water levels in the caves to rise dangerously fast One of the giant pumps failed after the last of the boys had been rescued causing water levels in the caves to rise dangerously fast Sakchai Lalit AP
Steven Clarke | 13 July, 2018, 00:17

Other video footage shows several of the boys in hospital, in quarantine and wearing face masks but seemingly in good health as they nod, wave and flash peace signs to the camera.

Another video released on Facebook by the Thai Navy SEALs, who were central to the rescue, showed one of the boys being carried through part of the muddy cave on a stretcher covered by an emergency thermal blanket.

Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters at the news conference that the boys were just being children when they got lost and no one was to blame.

Officials plan an interactive museum at Tham Luang based on the historic rescue mission that will feature items such as clothing that key rescuers wore during the operation, Narongsak said.

The saga is reminiscent of the 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days, a tale that was turned into the 2015 movie "The 33" starring Antonio Banderas. That won't happen or we'll give them hell.

After nearly three weeks trapped in the dark, away from their loved ones in a cave in northern Thailand, the boys, aged between 11 and 16, were allowed to see their relatives in a carefully controlled environment, as doctors are still concerned about their health.

A day earlier, Valeepoan posted a picture of her hand clasping that of her husband.

The fate of the boys has even resonated as far as Russian Federation, where soccer's World Cup is reaching its final stages.

A Thai artist has promised to create a statue of Samarn to be erected in Chiang Rai province, where the Tham Luang cave is situated.

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The rescue received blanket coverage in Thai media, with The Nation running the headline "Hooyah!" They forged deeper into the cave and found a dry, elevated slope where they remained stranded in total darkness for 10 days before rescuers located them.

Scott's wife has been involved with planning the funeral for Saman Kunan, the former SEAL that died on July 6 while helping install oxygen tanks in preparation for the extraction.

During the rescue, some Thais said on social media that the soccer team had been reckless in entering the cave during the rainy season. But Valeepoan absolved them of responsibility.

The head of the diving team, meanwhile, urged the boys on Thursday to "be a force for good".

Many are from nomadic hill tribes and other ethnic groups who have for centuries lived around Mae Sai, the heart of the "Golden Triangle" - a lawless wedge of land bisecting Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and China.

Thai navy commander Chaiyananta Peeranarong said: "Some of them were asleep, some of them were wiggling their fingers".

None of the four boys who were the first group to be evacuated from the cave has a fever, and the three boys who have minor lung infections are improving, Thai officials said, adding that they are taking less medication and can eat anything they want.

Thai navy SEALs posted a almost six-minute video on their Facebook page that shows rescue workers pass along green stretchers in which the boys were being transported.

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