Thai Boys Who Were Rescued From Cave Released From Hospital Today

Thai cave boys leave hospital for first public appearance since rescue

Thai cave boys leave hospital for first public appearance since rescue

The British divers found the group huddling on a spot of dry ground deep inside the cave on July 2, hungry but generally healthy.

"I just said, 'Eat, eat, eat!'" said Adun with a boyish laugh as he sat before a crowd of reporters from around the world, many of which had been camping at the mouth of the Tham Luang cave for nearly two weeks. Although they lost an average of 4 kilograms (9 pounds) during the more than two weeks they were trapped in the cave, they have since gained about 3 kilograms (6 1/2 pounds) on average since their rescue.

"We knew there were risks involved in this there was an understanding reached between the Thai government and the Australian government", Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai told Reuters.

The hospital officials said that the survivors can go back and lead a normal life now while a psychologist asserted that "the boys were quite obedient during therapy".

Their coach told them not to give up hope.

The group, which had eaten before going into the caves, took no food on an excursion that had been meant to last only an hour, and had to subsist on water dripping from stalactites in the cave, he added.

They were located after the search, joined by global rescue teams, entered the ninth day.

The coach, whose nickname is Ake, said it was not unusual for the group to participate in group activities after soccer practice on Saturday afternoons.

The rescue operation began on July 8 with four boys safely rescued, following by another group of four on July 9. "It's just all I could think about: food".

Asked what the moment was like when they finally were found in the cave - and got their first sign of hope - one of the boys, Adul Sam-On, told the media that they had heard a odd noise but that "we were not sure if it was a hallucination". Now the paperwork has been submitted to officially recognize them as Thai citizens. Though the boys could swim, it wasn't enough to escape, Chantawong added. Instead, Ake described the moment that he heard the sound of flowing water - and saw the levels rising fast.

"We'll do whatever he wants", Banphot said. "We have to eat, eat, eat".

Thai cave boys leave hospital for first public appearance since rescue

The coach asked one of the boys to move closer to the ledge and shine a flashlight on the water, but the boy was too scared, said Ardoon, who volunteered instead.

"I was stunned because they were English, so I said "hello".

Adul was referring to divers Rick Stanton and John Volanthen, who were credited by British media with discovering the group in the dark maze of claustrophobic caverns.

The boys ranged in age from 11 to 16.

"The media know the children are in a hard situation, they have overcome peril and if you ask risky questions then it could break the law", he told reporters. For the last part, the boys were put in green plastic toboggans and carried through.

The stage of the conference has been decorated like a soccer pitch, with soccer balls adorning the stage. Rescuers managed to extricate them out of the cave in a three-day operation starting from July 8.

The 12 Thai boys have given their first interview since been rescued from the flooded cave.


At the news conference, the boys were asked what they felt after hearing that. The SEALs also were introduced, but they used pseudonyms and wore baseball caps and sunglasses to cloak their identities for security reasons.

The youngest member of the team, Chanin Wiboonrungrueng, is only 11.

Boys from the Wild Boars football team greet the media before their press conference on Jul 18, 2018.

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