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Thai Boys Wave to the World in First Video Since Their Rescue

Thai Boys Wave to the World in First Video Since Their Rescue

The dramatic rescue of a Thai boys soccer team and their coach from a flooded cave complex this week transfixed news viewers around the world for more than two weeks, and the story is already headed for a retelling by Hollywood. They were found after 9 days by a pair of British divers.

He also paid tribute to Thai navy diver Saman Kunan, who died while replenishing oxygen canisters, saying his death brought a "bittersweet" taste to an otherwise successful operation.

After returning from a job in Scotland on Sunday, he messaged his friend and commercial diver Fernando Raigal who was involved in the rescue efforts, and Schnauer was called upon for help.

The hope that the boys will stay out of the spotlight for some time was one shared by former mine foreman Luis Urzua, who was trapped in a mine in Chile for 69 days following a collapse.

Footage released by the SEAL team showed seemingly prone boys - at least one in full diving mask and wetsuit - being stretchered along the jagged passageways.

After a 17-day struggle, an image of the Thai boys flashing victory sign, smiling and waving from their hospital beds gripped the world.

They had gone into the Tham Luang cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai on June 23, for a quick excursion after soccer practice, when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels. On Tuesday authorities said some of the boys had asked to eat bread with chocolate spread, but mostly they'll be given a food similar to milk which is rich in proteins and nutrients.

Before they were found, a family member tells CBS News the boys worked together to survive for nine days in the cave.




"We will sing a song for him", she said.

Some of the boys rescued from a Thai cave seen in hospital in Chiang Rai.

The boys had earlier received an invitation to come watch the World Cup final in Russian Federation, but doctors said they could not go as they were still confined to their hospital beds.

Indeed, it was almost another week before the first of the "Wild Boars" soccer team was brought out of the cave by elite divers who had, with Thai special forces, planned the rescue meticulously - but quickly, as more rains threatened. They were told to remain calm and motionless as two divers prepared to tug them through murky waters and along guide ropes that had been put in place.

Schnauer said they got about five minutes notice when a boy was near the cavern, and everybody would get tense in anticipation.

"Some have had muscle infections, cold, flu, and some psychologists have been taking care of them to relieve stress", Health Ministry Inspector Lertvirairatanapong said. "On the day that he passed, the entire team was sad, but we used this sorrow".

Without him "this mission may not have succeeded", the Thai rescue chief, Narongsak Osottanakorn, told reporters late Wednesday.