Boys Rescued From Thai Cave Give Touching First Interview & We're NOT Crying

Hugh Fox
July 19, 2018

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.

Adul is originally from Myanmar. In Thailand, he lived in a church and was raised by Christian teachers.

The miraculous rescue came after meticulous planning and teamwork among Thai and global emergency workers and divers.

"When he (the diver) emerged from the water I was shocked that he was British", he recalled.

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Officials say the boys, whose ages range from 11 to 16, and their coach are all in good mental and physical health, but doctors remain anxious about any long-term psychological trauma from their two-week long confinement.

"I am in big trouble with my mother", one of the boys said.

"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.Some Thai television personalities joked that the boys' appearance would boost ratings for an otherwise boring show that usually features discussions of the military government's performance.

It was the coach, Ekaphol Chantawong, who mentioned their own attempts to escape.

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Majority also said they want to become professional footballers in the future. "So we stopped and listened".

One of the boys, 11-year-old Chanin "Titan" Vibulrungruang, the youngest of the group, appeared to wipe away a tear.

The 13 went missing in an inundated cave in Chiang Rai on June 23.

The briefing was tightly controlled, with experts warning of possible long-term distress from the more than two weeks they spent trapped inside a cramped, flooded chamber of the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand. "We tried not to think of food, like fried rice, because it would make us hungrier". Upon finding a ledge on which they could perch, he then instructed the 12 boys to start digging in search of a potential exit.More Stories From FOTO Linh Pham/Getty ImagesSURVIVAL MODEThe team started to feel weak after two days stuck in the cave, but discovered a trickle of fresh water that helped sustain them.

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Two British divers found the group huddling on a spot of dry ground deep inside the cave almost 10 days later, hungry but generally healthy. "The vans are leaving", said a Reuters witness, as the boys, wearing T-shirts emblazoned with a red graphic of a wild boar and backpacks slung over their shoulders, went past a crowd of cameras to enter the vans.

A psychologist said they had done many activities to test the teams' mental state, and they were cleared to be physically and mentally strong enough to return to normal life.

They also thanked the hundreds of millions of people around the world who prayed for their safety and wildly cheered after all were rescued after 18 days. Members of the Thai navy SEALs and an worldwide team of cave-diving experts organized the rescue effort. His death weighed heavy on the players.

"We called him king of the cave", said 14-year-old Ekkarat Wongsukchan, known by his nickname Bew. "He died because of us".

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"Initially we weren't certain they were all alive - as they were coming down I was counting them until I got to 13", he said. They want the boys to instead relax at their homes for the next month. "The children were well taken care of in the cave".

One said he had learned to not live life carelessly, and promised to be a good person and a good citizen. They were all pronounced healthy aside from a few minor infections, reports said.

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