Thai Boys Rescued From Cave Mourn Diver Who Died

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Samarn died on July 6 after losing consciousness during a mission to place oxygen tanks deep inside the cave, just two days before the first group of four boys was brought out.

Six Australian Federal Police divers, together with Dr Richard Harris, a specialist in hyperbaric medicine, helped support the Thai Navy diving team rescue operation.

The Thai health minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn confirmed today that the boys would be released from hospital on Thursday.

The youngest boy, Chanin Wiboonrungruang, who is 11 and has the very cool nickname "Titan" said: "Thank you [Thai] Navy Seals". The health condition of the boys are safe albeit a few minor infections.

The statement added: "They also thanked him and promised to be good boys". "As they were coming down the slope, we were counting them until we got to 13. unbelievable", he said.

Both are part of the South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team, which was called on by the Thai government for help.

Renowned artist Chalermchai Kositpipat said a sculpture of the former Navy Seal is expected to be completed in two and half months before it is sent for casting in Ayutthaya.

"The area will become a living museum to show how the operation unfolded", former governor Narongsak Osottanakorn, who led the unsafe rescue mission, told a news conference.

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It was hard for the team to sleep on the ledge where they were stranded as it was so small, she said. The coach reportedly urged the boys to try to save their energy while they were trapped.

The 12 boys and their football coach who were trapped in a cave in Thailand are recovering well and have appeared in a video message.

Eventually, through the collective effort of hundreds of rescue workers and many more across the world, pumping water, creating forward operating bases in sequential stages throughout the cave system, and devising a means of calming and transporting the children and their coach, the team was rescued on Tuesday, July 10.

Some of the boys lost as much as 5 kg (11 lb) but had started to regain weight in hospital, Piyasakol told reporters.

The rescue was greeted with joy by some of the world's biggest football clubs.

Two British divers found them on July 2, squatting on a mound in a flooded chamber several kilometres inside the complex.

Last week, Manchester United invited the "Wild Boars" to watch a match at their Old Trafford ground.

The Thai Navy Seals have released dramatic footage of the operation, giving greater insight into just how risky it was.