Thai boys rescued from cave mourn diver who died

Arturo Kim
July 16, 2018

The search for the boys and the daring operation to rescue them caught the attention of wide audiences across the globe and the drama has now inadvertently come to focus on the plight of almost half a million people in Thailand who are stateless.

Each took turns to introduce themselves, hands clasped together in a Thai greeting, before giving a quick message on their health and mentioning the food they want to eat once they leave hospital.

"All of the 13 people, their physical bodies are strong, and fit".

Piyasakol said family members no longer need to wear surgical masks when visiting the patients and can now stay at their bedsides, rather than being kept at a distance - a protection against infection which doctors instituted in the first days after the group was hospitalized.

In the video, one of the boys, Ekarat Wongsukchan, 14, whose nickname is Biw, playfully raised his two arms in a boxer's victory stance as laughter is heard in the background. "Now, I am very fine. I wouldn't be surprised if they get married".

Asked what they were looking forward to eating, their wish-list included slow-cooked pork leg with steamed rice, fried crispy pork, roasted red pork, sushi, steak and KFC. Now I am very fine. I miss you. From now on when I wake up.

Earlier, the eight boys rescued after being trapped for more than two weeks were described as generally healthy.

A third rescue operation to bring out the remaining four boys and their football coach from a flooded cave in Thailand has begun.

The boys - and their parents - have been advised to spend time with friends and family and not to give media interviews as that could trigger post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.

"I would like to thank the SEALs for rescuing us", he continues.

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During the mission, volunteer and former Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan came into difficulty while installing oxygen tanks along the cave's narrow passages.

Dr. Harris had planned to go on a cave-diving trip in Western Australia July 6 when British officials asked for his help in the risky rescue mission.

The former SEAL is being honoured as a national hero.

Saman, 38, had retired from Thailand's navy Seals and worked as an airport security officer. The landscape was damaged by the massive rescue effort that included the flooding and clearing of land and the use of heavy machinery.

Ekapol has gained back weight quickly and is physically well, but he is the one psychiatrists are most concerned about protecting from any mental angst, according to Piyasakol.

Cave diver and retrieval expert Richard "Harry" Harris, speaking publicly on Saturday for the first time since returning to his Adelaide home, said his father's death coming shortly after the successful rescue had been a bittersweet moment. The group was hungry and cold.

"All of the boys cried and were in tears when they found out".

Viboonrungruang said his son, nicknamed Titun, had told him their coach, Ekkapol Ake Chantawong, had told the boys to run away from the water and go to higher ground.

"Night was very cold but the coach hugged him, teaching everyone meditation to prevent excessive breathing and to not feel hungry".

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