Thailand’s health minister announced on Saturday that the twelve boys and their soccer coach rescued from flooded cave will be discharged from hospital next week.
Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn said the boys are recovering very well in the hospital after they spent weeks in harsh conditions, as reported by Reuters.
The last of the 12-member “Wild Boars” soccer team and their coach were brought out of the Tham Luang cave, near the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday night, safely ending a risky rescue and evoking international relief and joy.
The boys and their coach have been in hospital since then. In a video played at a news conference on Saturday, they looked well, sitting up in bed, and thanking their rescuers.
“I am in good health now, thanks for saving me” said one of the boys, a 14-year-old nicknamed Note. The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach had planned to explore the cavern complex for about an hour after soccer practice on June 23rd. But a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels, trapping them.
Two British divers found them on July 2nd, squatting on a mound in a flooded chamber several kilometres inside the complex. The problem then became how to get them back out through the tunnels, some completely full of fast-flowing flood water.
All 13 were brought to safety over the course of a three-day rescue operation, organized by Thai navy SEALs and an international team of cave-diving experts.