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First images emerge of boys rescued from Thailand cave

First images emerge of boys rescued from Thailand cave

This video captured by an eyewitness shows members of the rescue team cheering after a group of foreign divers and Thai Navy divers re-emerged from the cave in Tham Luang. They were found by a pair of British divers almost 10 days later, huddled on a small, dry shelf just above the water, smiling with relief but visibly skinny.

Volanthen paid tribute to the Thai navy diver Saman Kunan, who died while replenishing oxygen canisters, saying his death brought a "bittersweet" taste to an otherwise "excellent" operation.

On July 2, Volanthen and Stanton were stringing a safety rope through a flooded area of the cave when they popped up in a cavern and, to their surprise, saw all 12 boys and their coach huddled on a small beach in the darkness of the cave. 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.

In video shown at a press briefing, some of the parents were in tears as they looked through the glass.

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

After exploring the caves on June 23, the soccer team and their coach were left stranded, around four kilometres inside the cave system after heavy rains and floodwater blocked their pathway out.

"They thought they'd only be an hour", Banpot Korncam, father of the 13-year-old captain of the "Wild Boars" team, told media. He's got a very bouncy Australian accent and they [the rescued boys] seemed to find that quite relaxing and reassuring.




Nopparat Kanthawong, the head coach of the Wild Boars team, told CNN that he did not know why the boys had gone into the cave.

"The water and scuba diving scenes would be expensive", said Judi Farkas, the literary agent who represented author Antonio Mendez on the film rights sale of his book "Argo" for the Oscar-winning movie.

Ewan McGregor, a British missionary in the city of Chiang Rai where the boys are now in hospital, said: "It really is a miracle and a result of prayer and I'm just excited to hear the testimonies of the boys when they're safe and well". They were given a tranquilliser to keep them calm throughout the process. "I want to see the face of my child and embrace him and ask him how he feels and how he's doing".

Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong is a Thai public health inspector. This announcement comes one day after Pure Flix confirmed their own Rescue project.

"Everyone is strong in mind and heart", he said at a news conference of officials involved in the rescue.

There were about a hundred people inside the cave for each rescue operation, Anderson said, and each boy was handled by dozens of people as their perilous movement through a total of nine chambers unfolded.


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