Thai Cave Rescue: First Pictures Of Boys Recovering In Hospital

Rescued schoolboys are moved from a Royal Thai Police helicopter to an ambulance

Rescued schoolboys are moved from a Royal Thai Police helicopter to an ambulance

The third and final group, including the soccer team's 25-year-old coach, which emerged Tuesday, are taking antibiotics and at least some had lung infections. Some are walking around, while others sit up in their beds, waving at cameras and flashing the Spider-Man hand sign from their quarantined unit at the Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital.

Parents waved from behind a glass barrier, some tearfully, their faces bright with emotion.

The boys would have to stay in hospital for up to 10 days, hospital director Chaiwetch Thanapaisal told the news conference.

A cave complex in Thailand where 12 schoolboys and their football coach were trapped for more than two weeks before they were safely brought out will be turned into a museum to showcase the rescue, the head of the operation said on Wednesday. They would then need to recuperate at home for 30 days, he said.

The doctor said three of the boys were being treated for minor cases of pneumonia, but predicted most would be discharged after about a week.

Released on the Thai Navy SEALs Facebook page, the clip showed the boys being stretchered to freedom while wearing wetsuits and diving gear.

The SEALs commander, Rear Adm. Apakorn Youkongkae, said the soccer coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, determined the order the boys from the Wild Boars soccer team should be rescued in. "You can't blame the coach and you can't blame the kids", Thongchai said. "The coach was the one to choose".

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

Each boy was accompanied underwater by two divers carrying their oxygen tanks for them, and guiding them through the murky tunnels.

A high-risk worldwide mission ensued and the group was eventually rescued.

Pure Flix is in the early stages of developing a movie based on the recent rescue mission in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

"We would like to convey our profound gratitude to all persons involved in the rescue operation, which unfortunately took the life of one of the divers".

Concerns are already being raised on social media that the movie could be "white-washed", focusing more on the global characters while downplaying the role of Thais. He said, "The situation went beyond just being a rescue mission and became a symbol of unity among man". "Everyone worked together without discrimination of race or religion as the ultimate goal was to save the youth football team".

According to the rescue operation chief Narongsak Osottanakorn, the United Nations also dispatched many experienced divers to help.

Footage of divers pulling the last boys to safety from the flooded cave.

The method was extremely risky, but dwindling oxygen levels in the cave and fears of more monsoon rains to come made a decision urgent.

Here are some of the heroes who took part in the rescue mission.

Harris was supposed to be on holiday when the British diving team leading the rescue effort requested his expertise.

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