Thai boys were passed 'sleeping' through cave, says rescue diver

A map locating the Tham Luang cave complex

The boys are in isolation in hospital to prevent infections by outsiders, but family members have seen some of them from behind a glass screen, and after a period of time with no problems, the family members will be allowed closer while dressed in sterilised clothing.

The boys would have to stay in the hospital for up to 10 days, hospital director Chaiwetch Thanapaisal told the news conference.

The Royal Thai Navy paid tribute on July 11 its SEALs and other rescue workers who successfully rescued a youth soccer team and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand's Chiang Rai province.

"Most of the boys lost an average of 2 kg", Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong, an inspector for Thailand's health department, told reporters.

A statement from Thailand's public health ministry on Thursday said two boys from the first group rescued on Sunday who were diagnosed with a lung infection were recovering well. He said they must be treated at the hospital for at least seven days.

Meanwhile divers involved in the rescue operation have broken their silence on how the team managed to extract the boys and their coach from the cave where they had been stuck for more than two weeks.

Extraordinary video footage shows how the boys were carted on stretchers for sections of the tunnel not flooded.

Former Thai Navy Seal diver Saman Gunan died in the caves on Friday, after he ran out of oxygen when he was returning from a mission to prove the group with air tanks. "Some of them were asleep, some of them were wiggling their fingers...[as if] groggy, but they were breathing", Navy SEAL Chaiyananta Peeranarong, who helped with the rescue, told the news agency.

The decision, a response to the worldwide outpouring of love and support during the hard operation to rescue the boys, draws attention to the large numbers of stateless people living in Thailand, especially in its border regions.

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said the announcement "appears reckless and is not a targeted approach". The Chinese government, however, called it "totally unacceptable" and said it would take unspecified countermeasures.

"As you can imagine from what's been in the media all week it is not a holiday that Harry has been on", Pearce said.

"Pure Flix joins the rest of the world in thanking God for answering prayers for the successful rescue of those trapped in the cave in Thailand", the company said in a statement.

Here are some of the heroes who took part in the rescue mission. Relatively mild weather and a massive effort to pump out water created a window of opportunity.

The saga of the "Wild Boars" gripped the world, with the lives of the group hanging in the balance as the threat of heavy rain injected urgency to an already perilous extraction bid.

In his letter when he was trapped, Ake apologised to the parents for taking the boys into the cave network, but several parents replied to say they did not blame him.

The clearest images yet of the murky waters show divers using pulleys, ropes and rubber piping to haul members of the football team to safety.

He said the children hadn't eaten any food in the nine days before they were found, and drank murky water from inside the cave, which saved them.

It posted another message on Thursday encouraging the boys and their coach to be strong so they could return to the field soon.

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