Thai soccer boys after escaping cave: 'Don't worry anymore'

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"Laboratory results of all 13 persons are negative for risky infectious diseases, and they will be discharged from the hospital as soon as possible", officials said in a statement.

Some of the boys recorded messages of thanks to the people who rescued them, and to the world.

Most of the boys, who were shown in their hospital beds, looked relaxed, and began their brief statements with a "wai", the traditional Thai greeting of hands raised to chest level with palms together.

"When the boys were hungry, coach Ek shone his torchlight up towards the stalactites, telling them to drink the water dripping down", Banpot Promthep told reporters late Thursday.

The last of the 12-member "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach were brought out of the Tham Luang cave, near the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday night, safely ending a perilous rescue and evoking worldwide relief and joy.

Scores of volunteers and nearly 100 divers joined the effort to free them, which saw the boys sedated and carried out on military stretchers.

Medics said the boys were only considered mentally strong enough on Saturday to hear the news of Mr Kunan. Officials also released video of the rescue effort carried out by Thai Navy SEALs in the dark cave.

Kunan was awarded the Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant medal and posthumously promoted to Lieutenant Commander.


The rescued Thai soccer team will watch a recording of Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia rather than the live broadcast so the 12 boys and their coach can rest.

The last of the 12-member "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach were brought out of the Tham Luang cave, near the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday night, safely ending a perilous rescue and evoking worldwide relief and joy.

It had been suggested by some that the boys and their coach entering the caves during the rainy season was a reckless decision.

The boys, aged 11-16, were pulled from the cavern by Thai Navy Seals and foreign cave diving experts, in a three-day rescue push that ended on 10 July.

They were found nine days later, and the complex rescue took several days to plan and more than 100 volunteers to complete.

Last week, Manchester United invited the "Wild Boars" to watch a match at their Old Trafford ground and the Benfica football club offered a one-week stint at their training academy in Portugal.

Around 4,000 volunteers are working to clean up the area around the now-infamous cave, which was battered by relays of rescuers, volunteers and news crews.

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