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We're not heroes, says British diver who led Thai cave rescue

We're not heroes, says British diver who led Thai cave rescue

Stunning video footage emerged Wednesday of several of the "Wild Boars" team - aged 11 to 16 - being freed from the Tham Luang cave on stretchers, ending a successful 3-day rescue. It lies under the mountains around the small town of Mae Sai, in northern Chiang Rai province on the border with Myanmar.

The world should remember Samarn, the head of the rescue mission told a news conference at the end of the 17-day operation, which, at the end, involved three consecutive days of navigating through tight passageways in the cave complex.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha asked that the boys be given time to recover. He died last Friday after returning from placing air tanks along the route the boys took when they became trapped on June 23.

Initial attempts to locate the boys were twice unsuccessful because the force of cold hypothermia-inducing floodwaters rushing into narrow passages made them unpassable. Chu is teaming up with worldwide production company Ivanhoe Pictures (Ghoul) to bring the sensational rescue story.

Surapong Kongchantuk, a prominent activist on human rights and nationality issues, said that although the Thai government has provided basic rights to all persons in Thailand, ensuring compulsory education and healthcare, stateless persons still face many complications in their lives.

Ivanhoe Pictures is in talks with "senior officials in Thailand both on provincial and national levels", according to a release from the Los Angeles-based film company's president, John Penotti, USA Today reported. "I'm so happy he's safe".

USA media quoted the company as saying the film would be directed by Jon M Chu.

Concerns are already being raised on social media that the movie could be "white-washed", focusing more on the global characters while downplaying the role of Thais.

Chu also spoke of his experience directing "Crazy Rich Asians", an adaptation of the bestselling book by Kevin Kwan, which featured an all-Asian cast in a major Hollywood film.

"No way. Not on our watch".

"Then we stood in pairs ready to receive them and move them along in a chain".

Chu said it is important this story is told "correctly and respectfully" and so that "history doesn't get it wrong".

The movie would comparable to the 2015 film "The 33" starring Antonio Banderas, detailing the 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for over three months. There's a attractive story abt human beings saving other human beings. However, he urged the boys to tell their stories in time, when they're ready.

But he denied they were knocked out for the miraculous rescue.

In the last 18 days, what began as a local search for the 12 missing boys and their coach turned into a complex rescue operation involving hundreds of experts who flew in from around the world to help.