Thai Cave Rescue: First Pictures Of Boys Recovering In Hospital

A map locating the Tham Luang cave complex

"Under Thai law, stateless persons are still able to obtain some basic rights such as the right to education and access to health service".

"The world just needs to know that what was accomplished was a once in a lifetime rescue", Anderson told The Associated Press in an interview today. "None of them show a level of stress that we should be concerned about".

The Thai boys saved from a flooded cave endured dives in zero visibility and in places were put in a harness and high-lined across rocky caverns, in what a leader of the U.S. contingent called a "once in a lifetime rescue".

The mission to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a Thai cave is to get the Hollywood treatment in a movie announced by faith-based production house Pure Flix.

The boys were held close to divers and remained motionless for parts of the journey where they had to dive. "That's very good sign that they are craving for food".

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

The second group of boys rescued has been given approval to see their parents through glass, but the third group are still undergoing tests, he said.

Families of the 12 boys have been allowed to visit them.

But it is also possible they are an infection risks to others.

"The cave was dry when we arrived, and within an hour and half it had already filled up by two to three feet (60-90 centimetres) and we were being pushed out", he said.

Hospital director Chaiwetch Thanapaisal told a news conference that the boys would have to stay in hospital for up to 10 days. They will likely be kept in the hospital for a week to undergo tests, officials said on Tuesday.

At U-Tapao civil-military airport in Rayong province, near where the Royal Thai Navy operates out of Sattahip Naval Base, Thai navy SEALs and some foreign military personnel were given a hero's' welcome when they touched down on Thursday.

Thirteen worldwide cave divers joined five Thai Navy SEALs in the unsafe rescue operation. He said his wife grew up with Samarn Poonan, the former Thai navy SEAL who died during the mission. He ran out of air while trying to swim out of the cave.

The exact mechanics of the rescue bid were closely guarded during the operation, but details have since dribbled out.

The mission became a global effort with experts and rescuers flying in from Britain, Denmark, Finland, Canada, and Australia to assist the more than 1,000 Thai officials.

They are in good physical and mental health, say doctors, despite a harrowing 18 days inside the dank, dark cave before a risky rescue operation that was dubbed "Mission: Impossible". "Everyone worked together without discrimination of race or religion as the ultimate goal was to save the youth football team".

Each of the boys, ages 11 to 16 and with no diving experience, was guided out by divers though rocky, muddy and water passages that in places were just a crawl space.

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