Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Chiang Rai: Mu Pa team sends messages from hospital

Chiang Rai: Mu Pa team sends messages from hospital

The 12-members of the "Wild Boars" team and their coach spent more than two weeks trapped inside a flooded cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai. The boys, aged 11 to 16, had to dive for part of their journey out before they were put on green plastic toboggan-like stretchers and carried, at times through steep, rocky tunnels, with ropes, strung overhead.

Thai authorities have only released partial information about the bold operation to free the team, heavily restricting access to the boys and their families. The boys and their family members have generally praised the coach for keeping the boys' spirits high and deferring food to them.

Here are some of the first details to emerge from some of the team members, as reported by Marisa Chimprabha...

They have been recovering in hospital since they were rescued over three days last week and will discharged on Thursday.

Maj-General Dr Wutthichai Issara, a senior doctor of the third Army Region, told the boys on behalf of the military that their rescue effort had been an honour and a mission and brought with it prestige.

Upon emerging from the cave on stretchers, the boys and their coach were whisked away in ambulances to Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital, where they have been recovering from the perilous experience and a variety of minor ailments.

Some talked about what they would like to eat and another said "thank you" in English.

While the boys and their coach are now in good health, there is concern about how they will deal with their fame, given the huge attention on the case within Thailand and beyond.

"Initially we weren't certain they were all alive - as they were coming down I was counting them until I got to 13", he said. He thanked everyone who worked to rescue the team.

Wild Boars head coach Nopparat Khantavong said his remaining players were in good spirits after returning to practice knowing their friends were safe.

It is not clear whether the museum will be open year round as Thailand is prone to heavy floods during the monsoon season, which lasts from June until October.

"I want to have crispy pork rice and barbecue pork rice", Pipat Photi, 15, said in the video. I am very thank you for help me.

He added that he and Jason Mallinson, the other diver, were not heroes and that the rescue would not have been possible without the contributions of all divers, soldiers, civilians and the Royal Thai Navy. It took 10 days before the boys were located and another week before the miraculous rescue brought each of them to safety.

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