The Thai and international rescuers of the youth soccer group trapped in a cave for 18 days started heading residence Thursday, as medical doctors stated the boys they saved have to this point not proven any vital unwell results from their ordeal.
Members of the Thai navy SEAL group, who have been among the many first searchers to penetrate the watery depth of Tham Luang Nang Non cave and the final divers out, flew to their base at Sattahip on the Gulf of Thailand, the place they obtained a heroes’ welcome. The ceremony was capped with their commander main a rousing spherical of the navy cheer ‘Hooyah!’ that turned a trademark of their never-say-die effort to extricate the boys.
Overseas helpers, together with a few of the world’s finest cave divers, additionally started travelling residence.
Thai officers have been beneficiant with their reward of international volunteers who have been important within the difficult search and rescue operation, together with the 2 British divers who have been the primary to find the place the members of the Wild Boar soccer membership have been sheltering.
Certainly one of them, John Volanthen, and one other British diver, Jason Mallison, met earlier than they departed with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who introduced every of them with a memento medal, a polo shirt and a lacquered picket field marked with an official emblem.
“Jason has a 18-month-old child however he drove to Heathrow airport immediately to Thailand after receiving a name from us,” Tourism Minister Weerasak Kowsurat instructed reporters after seeing the 2 divers off. “We’re so grateful that he sacrificed being together with his household to be with us.”
“For John, the individual, who first found the boys, he has such spectacular character. He didn’t really feel that he was a hero. He stated he simply got here to avoid wasting the youngsters. We really feel so in debt of gratitude for his assist this time.”
The boys have been described as typically being in regular situation in a Chiang Rai hospital Thursday, although their ranges of recuperation assorted as a result of they have been faraway from the cave over three days.
Their kinfolk are being allowed to go to with them whereas sporting hospital robes and masks after earlier being avoided the boys for worry one group would possibly unfold infections to the opposite.
The 4 boys rescued Sunday have regular coronary heart charges and no fever, and the 2 of them with lung infections are bettering, stated Jedsada Chokdumrongsuk, everlasting secretary of the Public Well being Ministry.
Two of the 4 rescued Monday have delicate fevers, the secretary stated in a press release. Three of the 5 within the final group have fevers which are easing, and three have center ear infections.
The entire group are receiving antibiotics. Jessada additionally stated a psychiatrist was attending to the boys, who’re sleeping properly and are usually not displaying signs of stress.
The 12 Wild Boars gamers and their coach had entered the cave to go exploring June 23 however monsoon rains stuffed the tight passageways, blocking their escape. They have been discovered 10 days later, huddled on a small, dry shelf simply above the water, and divers and different worldwide rescuers plotted the advanced mission to rescue the group earlier than extra rain got here.
Highlighting the hazards, a former Thai navy SEAL volunteering to work on the rescue died on July 7 throughout a provide mission contained in the cave.
Chiang Rai province appearing Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn lauded the cooperation between Thai and worldwide rescuers.
“The scenario went past simply being a rescue mission and have become an emblem of unity amongst mankind,” he stated Wednesday night time. “Everybody labored collectively with out discrimination of race or faith as the final word aim was to avoid wasting the youth soccer group.”