PH lauds Thailand for daring cave rescue of boys soccer team

New video from Thai navy shows the scene inside Tham Luang cave during dramatic rescue

The Thai Navy Seals have also published dramatic footage of the operation itself, showing how expert divers navigated the Wild Boar football team through the perilous journey to the surface. We wish them a speedy recovery.

Families of the 12 boys have been allowed to visit them.

It's an inspiring story fit for Hollywood: 12 fearless young soccer players trapped in a flooded cave for two weeks, dauntless rescuers risking life and limb to save the team, a wave of support from dozens of countries as the world watched with bated breath for the rescuers to emerge victorious with the Wild Boars safe in hand.

Their plight and the massive, unsafe three-day-long operation to free them gripped the world's attention.

Managing partner Michael Scott, who lives in Thailand and was at the rescue site in Chiang Rai as the boys were being pulled to safety, made the announcement late Tuesday on Twitter.

He recalled diving for perhaps half an hour in "zero visibility", with his helmet bashing against rocks, and then a 10-minute walk in water up to his waist before diving again.

"You are very strong", Volanthen told the group. It was barely days after the Wild Boars were rescued that a Thai cave rescue movie was announced to be in development.

It took over a week before British divers were able to wade into the caves and find the boys and their coach.

"We were pleased and very relieved that they were alive", Volanthen said.

"Great work and we really appreciate it", a Thai military official said as he bestowed on the men the souvenir medals during a ceremony at Chiang Rai airport.

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Brown was impressed by the rigour of the planning by the Thai military.

With the crucial acquisition of Chu - known as the director of Now You See Me 2, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and the Step Up sequels - Ivanhoe's version of the Thai cave rescue story will likely manifest as the more prominent picture amongst what could become an array of adaptations.

Saman's death, the only casualty in the operation, was widely mourned.

But he had denied they were knocked out for an operation the chief of the rescue had dubbed "mission impossible".

It was the sudden onset of that rainy season that trapped the boys deep underground while they were exploring.

Some crevices were barely wide enough for a person, and the swirling currents risked ripping off the boys' oxygen masks.

"I'm glad it worked out", Volanthen told the woman.

Once past this stretch, they reached Chamber Three, the SEALs' main base.

"Some of them were asleep, some of them were wiggling their fingers".

Health officials said the boys, aged 11 to 16, would spend at least a week in hospital and some 30 days recovering at home following their ordeal.

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