Thailand cave rescue: Brit divers who found boys 'deserve George Cross'

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 12, 2018

The unprecedented mission was completed on the 18th day of an all-out rescue effort involving several countries from around the globe. "I'm happy that the boys are out too", Khamluh Guntawong, grandfather of the team coach Ekkapol Chantawong, said.

The dramatic rescue operation dominated front-page headlines in Thailand.

The rescue was carried out by an elite team of worldwide divers, led by Britons, who guided the sluggish youngsters along the tortuous two-and-a-half-mile escape route, the Daily Mail reports.

The three-week ordeal started on June 23 when rising flood waters trapped the soccer team inside the cave with no way out.

The dangers of the rescue were brought into sharp relief last Friday by the death of a retired Thai Navy Seal as he ran out of air in the flooded cave complex as extraction plans were being laid.

The evacuation required that the stranded survivors not just trek but also dive through muddy floodwaters, negotiating submerged passages that narrowed to less than 40 centimetres wide.

The most risky part of the journey out of the labyrinthine cave system was the first kilometer, during which they were required to squeeze through a narrow flooded channel.

There are concerns they may have consumed contaminated water, while bird or bat droppings could cause infections.

"This area will become a living museum, to show how the operation unfolded", the head of rescue mission, Narongsak Osottanakorn, told a news conference. They were, of course, granted it.

More than 100 rescue workers were inside the cave celebrating the successful rescue, members of the Australian diving team, who asked not to be identified, told The Sydney Morning Herald.

On Monday, the evacuation of four boys took 11 hours.

"The bravery and heroism I've witnessed is incredibly inspiring, so, yes, this will be a movie for us", Pure Flix co-founder and CEO Michael Scott, who is partly based in Thailand, told the Hollywood Reporter of the studio's intentions.

In this photo taken from video released by Thailand government, family members watch the rescued boys through a window at the Chiang Rai hospital in northern Thailand, Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

Thailand celebrated the successful mission to free 12 boys and their football coach from a cave Wednesday, with the nation heaping praise on the rescue team as the triumphant tagline "Hooyah" spread across social media.

The rescued group are all now recovering in hospital.

Once each boy emerged from the cave complex they were immediately airlifted to hospital.

But according to Los Angeles-based Ivanhoe Pictures, they have been officially picked by the Thai government and navy to develop the film.

The boys were reportedly sedated though there have been conflicting reports about the kind of medicine they received, with some saying they got anti-anxiety medication to keep them calm while Peeranarong said some of them had been fully sedated.

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