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Thailand's Tham Luang cave to become museum to showcase boys' rescue

A map locating the Tham Luang cave complex A map locating the Tham Luang cave complex
Bennie Garza | 12 July, 2018, 14:59

The doctor said three of the boys were being treated for minor cases of pneumonia, but said most would be discharged after about a week.

They waved to the camera as they recovered from their ordeal.

Speaking to CNN after he left the hospital, Mr Tanawat Viboonrungruang, the father of 11-year-old Titun, said he felt relieved to see his son was "still healthy".

"All these headlights start coming over the hill and the water was coming".

The treacherous conditions in the cave system were laid bare in the video released by Thai navy Seals yesterday. And helped him to have a new life.

Thai doctors said the boys each lost about 2 kilograms, or roughly 4.5 pounds, from the ordeal.

He attributed their relative good health to their coach, 25-year-old Ekkapol Ake Chantawong, a former monk who was the last person out.

Dr Harris, who has 30 years of cave-diving experience and is known for his ability to retrieve people from hard places, had come up with the idea of giving the boys, many of whom can not swim, a mild sedative to ensure they did not panic while underwater, the Daily Mail reported. That's good news for the boys who had said they were looking forward to fried rice with basil.

The boys have so far only been allowed to see their parents through the glass of a quarantined room, due to the risk of infection. He said, "The situation went beyond just being a rescue mission and became a symbol of unity among man".

A Thai government official says all 12 boys and their coach are doing well after their rescue from the Tham Luang cave.

France were the first team to reach the final when they defeated Belgium on Wednesday morning AEST.

Even for some of the world's most experienced cave divers, it set a new standard for hard rescues.

There was a celebratory mood at the cave entrance, hours after the rescue ended. Relatively mild weather and a massive effort to pump out water created a window of opportunity.

After completion of the rescue effort on Tuesday night, Harris learned his own father had died.

Here are some of the heroes who took part in the rescue mission.

Another person said: "Wow that just gave me goosebumps". "Without him, in this operation, I don't think we could have succeeded".

Rescuers provided medical aid and assessed the health of a group of teenage soccer players and their coach who have been stuck inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province since June 23.

Wrapped in foil blankets to keep them warm, the boys are threaded through a claustrophobic tunnel compared to the "S-bend" of a toilet.

The four boys rescued Sunday can eat normal food and walk around, and the four pulled out Monday were eating soft food. They were found by a pair of British divers more than a week later. The stranded were in safe and experienced hands, however; two specialist divers accompanied each of them through their hard journey to freedom.

Stunning video footage emerged Wednesday of several of the "Wild Boars" team - aged 11 to 16 - being freed from the Tham Luang cave on stretchers, ending a successful three-day rescue.

"If you didn't use the water pump in that location, you could only come out with an oxygen tank", ex-SEAL Com Chaiyananta said.

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