Thailand promises citizenship to three rescued boys and coach

Richard Harris a doctor from South Australia swam into the cave to determine if the boys were fit enough to make their arduous journey out of the cave

This footage shows a glimpse at the boys in their beds, as well as teary-eyed parents and other relatives waving at them from behind a nearby glass wall. It took the divers about eight hours to get into the cave, reach the boys and bring them back out.

The 53-year-old went into the caves on each of the days to individually sign off on each of the boys' health before they were guided to safety. The boys are expected to be released within seven days barring complications.

Three of the boys are being treated for minor lung infections. "The coach was the one to choose", he said. "The coach was the one to choose".

Rescuers freed the last four boys and their adult coach from the deep flooded Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai on Tuesday, and already Pure Flix and Ivanhoe Pictures and have publicly stated their intention of telling the riveting tale.

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

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Plans to turn the rescue operation into a movie are also in the works, with two production companies racing to turn the extraordinary story into a film. A Thai rescue diver died last Friday, highlighting the dangers.

A video of the boys in hospital was shown at the news conference.

Contrary to the idea that the children would swim out, they appear to be motionless in the video as they are passed along a chain of rescuers including Thai navy personnel and volunteers from around the world. A movie about the Thai rescue could be made for less, Medavoy said, because filming in Thailand is cheaper.

"The favourable outcome that has been achieved is nearly beyond our imagination when we first became involved", they said.

He added that everyone worked together without concerns about race or religion, as the goal was to save the young football team.

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The operation the world will never forget - expert divers plunge into Tham Luang cave which encased the trapped boys and their soccer coach for weeks. And the confidence of the diving team, and expertise specific to the cave, grew after its first successful mission Sunday.

Despite spending days in the dark, dank, cave health officials said the boys - who are aged 11 to 16 - are in good physical and mental health and eating normal food. Before their discovery, they survived by drinking water dripping into their cramped refuge.

However, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said that extra precautions need to be taken to ensure that both the inside and outside of the cave are safe for tourists.

In a nationally televised address, Prayuth said that the government's efforts, the assistance of people in Thailand and overseas, and the outpouring of moral support made the mission a success.

The group were taken out in three batches by a team of 13 worldwide divers flanked by the Thai Navy SEALs, who greeted each successful rescue with a "Hooyah" on their Facebook page.

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