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Thailand cave rescue to be turned into Hollywood movie

Acting governor of Chiang Rai Narongsak Osatanakorn led the operation Image Acting governor of Chiang Rai Narongsak Osatanakorn led the operation
Stacy Diaz | 12 July, 2018, 14:39

The Royal Thai Navy paid tribute on July 11 its SEALs and other rescue workers who successfully rescued a youth soccer team and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand's Chiang Rai province.

If medical tests show no dangers after another two days, parents will be able to enter the isolation area dressed in sterilised clothing, staying two metres away from the boys, another public health official, Tosthep Bunthong, said.

Thai health officials said the boys and their coach survived by drinking water dripping inside the Tham Luang cave, the Associated Press reports.

Two of the first group had a lung infection as well, and Thongchai said they would need medicine for seven days.

However, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has said precautions would have to be implemented both inside and outside the cave to safeguard tourists.

Tense footage of the incredible Thailand rescue has highlighted just how risky the path to safety was for the 12 boys.

An American involved in the operation described the perilous zero-visibility dives that brought the boys out safely as a "once in a lifetime rescue".

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

They were lost for nine days before British rescue divers discovered them on July 2, sitting on a ledge in a half-flooded chamber. "Be good people, be a force for good for your country", Rear Admiral Apakorn Yuukongkaew, commander of Thailand's navy SEALS unit, said in a message to the boys before boarding a flight from Chiang Rai.

"We are not heroes".

Thailand spent yesterday celebrating the successful mission. There were volunteers from Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Ukraine and Finland.

The treacherous conditions in the cave system were laid bare in the video released by Thai navy Seals yesterday.

The decision, a response to the worldwide outpouring of love and support during the hard operation to rescue the boys, draws attention to the large numbers of stateless people living in Thailand, especially in its border regions. This means they will not be able to take up the invitation from Federation Internationale de Football Association to attend the Soccer World Cup final in Moscow.

The extensive search-and-rescue operation, which included more than 1,000 people from various nations, has now switched to a treatment process.

The "Wild Boars" football team got stuck inside the cave on June 23 after flooding caused by heavy monsoon rains blocked the entrance.

The next day, four more were rescued after a 9-hour mission.

France were the first team to reach the final when they defeated Belgium on Wednesday morning AEST.

"This was truly a team effort involving Brits, Aussies, Americans and Thais, and the divers told us incredible stories", Scott told the Reporter.