British Cave Diver Describes Finding Thai Soccer Team

Ambulances carry two of the boys freed from the Tham Luang Nang Non cave

Two boys who are part of the team but did not enter the cave told ABC News before the rescue operation that "Ake" had taken them into the cave many times in the past as a sort of rite of passage and team-building exercise.

"An interactive database will be set up".

The Tham Luang cave complex lies under the mountains in Thailand's northernmost province, on the border with Myanmar.

"The cave has become of interest for both local and foreign travellers", Karuna Dechatiwong, TAT director in Chiang Rai, was quoted by the Bangkok Post as saying. But a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels, trapping them.

Kunan died due to a lack of oxygen on his way out of Tham Luang on the morning of Jul 6.

"We're over the moon".

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

The boys were discovered in the cave after surviving for 10-days with little food and no shelter, and required a delicate and methodical plan to get them out of the cave safely.

"They must have passed through about 150 hands", one of the divers said at a briefing in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand on Wednesday.

The unprecedented rescue involved scores of Thai and foreign expert cave divers, many of whom have expressed delight and surprise at the success of the mission.

Mr Chalermchai, a native of Chiang Rai and creator of Wat Rong Khun in Muang district, said hundreds of artists are joining hands in creating a large painting depicting the rescue mission which spanned 18 days and involved an worldwide group of divers and volunteers. Doctors said that Friday, when the videos were recorded, would be the last day they'd have to wear them.

As the final Thai Navy SEAL emerged there was a "tsunami"-like surge after a pump failed".

The young "Wild Boars" and their 25-year-old football coach Ekkapol Chantawong wandered into the cave on June 23.

"I see this as a major Hollywood film with A-list stars", Michael Scott, managing partner of Pure Flix films, told AAP in Chiang Rai.

Arthit Boonyasopat, the department chief, said the four will have to prove that they were born in Thailand and when they receive the certificates they can apply for Thai citizenship.

After they didn't return from their hike, Thai officials launched an extensive search-and-rescue operation involving well over 1,000 people, including specialists drafted from various nations such as Australia, China, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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