Thai cave boys lost weight but 'took care of themselves'

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 12, 2018

The producers involved are said to already be in discussions with "senior Thai officials", with "multiple studios" reportedly showing interest.

Getting them out - which involved teaching boys as young as 11 who were not strong swimmers to dive through narrow, submerged passages - proved a monumental challenge.

Managing partner Michael Scott, who lives in Thailand and was at the rescue site in Chiang Rai as the boys were being pulled to safety, announced that faith-based production house Pure Flix will be turning the incident into a film.

Fernando Raigal, a Spanish diver who took part in the rescue, told the Mail: "The boys were sedated - they were unconscious".

The first eight boys rescued came in with low body temperatures and were provided with heaters, Thai doctors said on Tuesday.

The boys were malnourished and weak, and doctors are probably anxious that they could be susceptible to germs spread by family members or other visitors, said Dr W Ian Lipkin, a Columbia University infectious diseases expert. The boys would have to stay in hospital for up to 10 days, hospital director Chaiwetch Thanapaisal told the news conference. Some have been able to see the boys through a glass panel, others have been allowed closer, but had to wear protective suits and stand two meters away.

However, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has said precautions would have to be implemented both inside and outside the cave to safeguard tourists. Two British divers finally discovered the group on July 2, after they had been trapped for nine days.

Pearce says: "This is clearly a time of grief for the Harris family, magnified by the physical and emotional demands of being part of this week's highly complex and ultimately successful rescue operation".

The commander of the navy SEAL unit that oversaw the rescue, Rear Admiral Apakorn Yuukongkaew, hailed the global effort. "The navy has a motto: "We don't abandon the people". There were volunteers from Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Ukraine and Finland. The other five on the team were Thai navy SEAL divers.

The SEALs commander, Rear Adm. Apakorn Youkongkae, said the soccer coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, determined the order the boys from the Wild Boars soccer team should be rescued in.

The rescue has dominated front-page headlines in Thailand and beyond for days. "Hooyah! Mission accomplished", read one headline, echoing the rallying cry of the SEAL unit.

While it's a shame the boys can't make the World Cup final, the soccer world is looking out for the Wild Boars.

Shortly after the last four boys and the 25-year-old coach were brought out Tuesday late afternoon, the water pumps failed in an area between two chambers, filling them with water as 20 rescuers remained inside.

"We have never experienced this kind of issue from a deep cave", and doctors are running a battery of tests on the boys, Mr Jedsada said. "People are united together", Komolvadhin, a news editor for Thai PBS, told "20/20".

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