All 12 boys and their coach were rescued by Tuesday evening after a harrowing three day rescue mission, and remain in "good condition" in the hospital where they're recovering. A psychiatrist said their mental state seems fine.
This undated photo from video released via the Thai NavySEAL Facebook Page on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, shows rescuers hold an evacuated boy inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand. But the rain caused flooding in the cave, blocking them from exiting.
"He was very hungry with such great pain in his stomach that he cried and drank water dripping along cave fissures", she said.
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"I think he said something like, "all I want to do is go home and become transparent", John Dalla Zuanna from the Cave Diver's Association said. "You have made a name for the SEALs unit", a senior navy official told those gathered. He would not be seeing his Grandma, and Grandma wouldn't see his face again.
He thanked the pairs' families for dealing with the media and the "worry we caused them" as well as sending "heartfelt condolences" to the family of former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Gunan who died during the rescue efforts. Becoming a monk at a temple for at least a short period is a way of making merit in Thai Buddhist tradition. When divers reached them later, they brought additional food, water and blankets.
"After the first three nights with no food in the cave, my son felt extreme hunger and cried", Aikhan told the Bangkok Post.
"Night was very cold but the coach hugged him, teaching everyone meditation to prevent excessive breathing and to not feel hungry". They had to lie huddled together. Anderson said one of the most crucial pieces of equipment was the positive pressure diving masks, which would expel water from the mask if one of the boys panicked.More news: Trump administration slashes more ObamaCare funds
John Volanthen said he's just relieved the boys are all alive, and praised the collective effort of the global contingent of rescuers.
"As they were coming down the slope we were counting them till we got to 13".
"The Thai authorities took a lot of steps to divert rivers on the mountain top which we believe bought us a lot of time to get this outcome", he said. "And so there was relief tempered with uncertainty".
Bill Whitehouse, vice chairman of the British Cave Rescue Council, said that psychological help would be offered to cope with the aftermath of the underwater drama.More news: Trump claims victory over Nato allies to hike spending on defence
The rescue gripped the world, with much praise focusing on the navy SEALs and worldwide team of divers who helped them, toiling for days in risky conditions to get the boys out. "But we didn't mention it because it could affect morale". Many had to go to hospitals after the dives and many were sick.