On Wednesday a few hundred Thai schoolchildren gathered opposite the hospital, looking up at the building that will be home to the rescued football team for the coming days. "It's important to realise how complex and how many pieces of this puzzle had to come together". 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.
Three in the group had minor lung infections, the senior health official added.More news: Trump visit brings biggest police operation since United Kingdom riots
This handout video grab taken from footage released by The Thai government public relations department (PRD) and Government spokesman bureau on July 11, 2018 shows members of the "Wild Boars" football team being treated at a hospital in Chiang Rai. "You can't blame the coach and you can't blame the kids", Thongchai said. They forged deeper into the cave and found a dry, elevated slope where they remained stranded in total darkness for 10 days before rescuers located them.
He lauded the co-operation between Thai and worldwide rescuers.
Yesterday, the Australian contingent - made up of military personnel and Australian Federal Police divers - revealed they moved more than 20 tonnes of equipment - including oxygen tanks to make the hours-long trek - through the dark tunnels to facilitate the rescue operation.
Thailand celebrated the successful mission to free 12 boys and their football coach from a cave on Wednesday (July 11), with the nation heaping praise on the rescue team as the triumphant tagline "Hooyah" pinballed across social media.More news: Thailand cave rescue: ‘Everybody will be out TODAY’ Eleventh person rescued
After days of mounting speculation, a former Thai Navy SEAL diver broke the silence, revealing the boys were sleeping or partially-conscious as they were passed from diver-to-diver through the cave.
"This area will become a living museum, to show how the operation unfolded", Osottanakorn said. Relatively mild weather and a massive effort to pump out water created a window of opportunity. And the confidence of the diving team, and expertise specific to the cave, grew after its first successful mission Sunday.
Most of the boys rescued from inside a flooded cave in northern Thailand lost an average of 2 kilograms (4 pounds) during their ordeal, but were generally in good condition, a senior health official said on Wednesday. He said they survived by drinking clean water dripping into the cave.More news: ‘We’re not prisoners’: German FM berates Trump for ‘Russia captives’ remark