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Thai Boys Rescued From Cave Mourn Diver Who Died

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Glenn Montgomery | 15 July, 2018, 12:54

The 12 boys rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand will be discharged from hospital next week, the country's Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn says.

The Thai cave rescue garnered worldwide attention when 12 boys along with their football coach got trapped in the Tham Luang caves of Thailand.

Blood tests results showed no signs of infectious diseases that they might have contracted during their weeks stranded deep within a partly flooded cave near the village of Pong Pha. "Don't worry anymore. I am safe now", 13-year-old Panumas Saengdee said in Thai, per ABC. Two divers were needed to bring out each of the boys.

"The area will become a living museum to show how the operation unfolded", former governor Narongsak Osottanakorn, who led the risky rescue mission, told a news conference.

Officials at Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital said at a press conference early Saturday the boys are tentatively scheduled to be released on Thursday.

"Hello, I'm Dom, my health is good".

Some had also lost as much as 5kg but had regained some of the weight, and their appetites, in hospital, Dr Piyasakol said.

Arthit Boonyasopat, the department chief, said the four will have to prove that they were born in Thailand and when they receive the certificates they can apply for Thai citizenship.

Asked by an off-camera interviewer what they were looking forward to eating, the boys listed delicacies ranging from slow-cooked pork leg with steamed rice to sushi. "We worked well together then and we should work well together now so the children can recover physically and mentally as they grow up", Dr Piyasakol said.

Volanthen told the BBC of the moment he found the boys, saying that a lot of media reports had suggested that it was through "luck" which was "absolutely not the case".

Miraculously, despite spending 17 days in the cave, the boys (aged between 11 and 16) said they are all in good health, telling the camera: "I'm healthy", "I'm OK" and "I'm fine".

"Hello, I am Adul", he said to the camera.

The boys are now housed in a hospital in northern Thailand.

In the video, filmed on Friday, the boys give short statements.

"We were very pleased and we were very relieved that they were all alive but I think at that point we realised the enormity of the situation and that's perhaps why it took a while to get them all out", he told Sky News.

The boys had gone missing while exploring the cave after football practice with their coach on 23 June.

He collapsed and died on July 6 while diving; according to some officials, his own oxygen supply ran out.

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