Footage from inside Thailand cave shows trapped boys' escape route

Annette Crawford
July 12, 2018

Nurses chatted with them and the boys responded with the customary Thai sign of respect - hands pressed together while bowing the head.

Chaiwetch Thanapaisal is director of Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital.

"Everybody is doing well", Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong, public health inspector, said.

The video of the rescue, which ended on Tuesday (June 10) when the final four boys and their 25-year-old coach emerged from the cave, was released by authorities who had until late yesterday closely guarded the details of the seemingly unprecedented operation.

Even so, all need to be monitored in the hospital for seven days and then rest at home for another 30 days, he said.

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.

The group was led out in three batches by a team of 13 global divers flanked by Thai Navy Seals, who greeted each successful rescue with a "Hooyah" on their Facebook page.

Meanwhile, reports say the boys and the coach were sedated to stop them panicking during the unsafe rescue. "I'm happy that the boys are out too", said Khamluh Guntawong, the grandfather of team coach Ekkapol Chantawong. "The coach was the one to choose".

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


The worldwide rescue effort, which saw all 12 boys and their coach safely extracted from the flooded cave system after more than two weeks, hit particularly close to home for Scott. Highlighting the dangers, a former Thai navy SEAL volunteering to work on the rescue efforts died Friday while replenishing oxygen canisters that were placed along the escape route. The rescued boys had not been identified out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped, officials had said.

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

Although parents of the first eight boys rescued were able to see their sons, they had to stand six feet away from the children. "I want to say thanks to those who rescued my boy".

Rescue mission chief Narongsak Osottanakorn told a news conference the boys were just being children when they got lost and no one was to blame.

Falling oxygen levels, risk of sickness and the imminent prospect of more rain flooding the cave complex for months meant "the long-term survivability of the boys in the cave was becoming a less and less feasible option", Anderson said.

Thailand's decision to dive the boys out despite their weak condition and lack of diving experience was made when a window of opportunity was provided by relatively mild weather.

With the World Cup reaching its climax, Federation Internationale de Football Association invited the Wild Boars to attend Sunday's final in Moscow between France and the victor of Wednesday's England-Croatia match.

Thai health officials said the boys and their coach survived by drinking water dripping inside the Tham Luang cave, the Associated Press reports.

The group became trapped in rising flood waters and were found nine days later emaciated and dishevelled on a muddy ledge, with water lapping ominously below. We wish them a speedy recovery.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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