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Thailand promises citizenship to three rescued boys and coach

12 July 2018

The new video from the navy does not include footage of the divers in the water with the boys, but it does show a team of people using pulleys, string and rubber tubes to haul a green, kayak-shaped stretcher out of a tight crevice.

"We are not heroes".

"FIFA's priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation and we will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a Federation Internationale de Football Association event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration".

Four boys were rescued Sunday, and another four were guided to safety on Monday. Some made the two-finger victory sign from their hospital beds.

None of the boys was heard speaking in the clips shown at the news conference.

Thai doctors said the boys each lost about 2 kilograms, or roughly 4.5 pounds, from the ordeal. They are being monitored for infections and potentially deadly diseases they could have picked up in the cave complex.

Twelve boys and their football coach had no serious health concerns Wednesday morning after the last group of five was successfully rescued from a flooded northern cave and transferred to hospital last night.

However, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has said precautions would have to be implemented both inside and outside the cave to safeguard tourists. "The best way is not to bother them and let them study". They were cut off on June 23 after heavy rains flooded the cave complex.

Parents of the boys have been watching their children at the hospital as they recover and are evaluated by doctors. The youngest boy, 11, appeared to be asleep under a crisp white sheet. 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.

Rescue officials said the museum would showcase how the operation unfolded, adding that it would be a "major attraction" for Thailand.

"We are not heroes".

Thailand spent yesterday celebrating the successful mission.

The saga is reminiscent of the 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days, a tale that was turned into the 2015 movie "The 33" starring Antonio Banderas.

"Hooyah! Mission accomplished", read one headline, echoing the rallying cry of the SEAL unit.

The diver who spoke to AFP said the boys were "groggy" but "breathing" when he helped to pull them out, while the BBC reported that according to divers, the boys were "heavily sedated to avoid anxiety". Jessada also said a psychiatrist was attending to the boys, who are sleeping well and are not showing symptoms of stress.

The next day, four more were rescued after a 9-hour mission.

By Wednesday, the first and second group rescued were eating normal food, and the final group evacuated Tuesday are undergoing medical check-ups.

Like the Chilean rescue, the Thai drama showcases real-life courage in the face of harrowing circumstances, said Mike Medavoy, the Oscar-nominated producer of "The 33".

A Google search on Tuesday for the words "Thai cave rescue" revealed 359 million results.

Thailand promises citizenship to three rescued boys and coach