Thailand promises citizenship to three rescued boys and coach

Volunteers cook for rescue workers

Volunteers cook for rescue workers

Doctors said that when the boys first arrived, one had a heartbeat that was too slow and some other had low counts of white blood cells, though those issues have since been resolved.

The video released by the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital, located in Thailand's Chiang Rai province, shows the boys lying and sitting in an isolation ward while wearing face masks and hospital gowns.

Rescuers who pulled a young Thai football team from deep inside a flooded cave were dismantling their worksite Thursday, as plans emerged to turn the spot into a museum in tribute to the daring operation.

Some of the children were not capable of navigating the treacherous passageways of the cave complex alone, making the operation more challenging. He also acknowledged the loss of a former navy SEAL, Saman Kunan, who died last week while replenishing air tanks inside the cave.

"Some of them were asleep, some of them were wiggling their fingers".

The group became trapped in rising floodwaters and were found nine days later emaciated and disheveled on a muddy ledge, with water lapping ominously below.

The new video from the navy does not include footage of the divers in the water with the boys, but it does show a team of people using pulleys, string and rubber tubes to haul a green, kayak-shaped stretcher out of a tight crevice.

Thailand's junta chief told reporters on Tuesday that the group had been given a "minor tranquiliser" to help calm their nerves.

"They had less than five meters' visibility, fought harsh currents and used a buddy system of two divers for each boy rescued. You have to ensure when you go in you have a way out", Master Sergeant Anderson said.

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"This may be because they spent the entire time together as a team helping each other out", he said.

The rescue mission which spanned days was a success after everyone was rescued.

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.

The four boys and soccer coach brought out Tuesday on the final day of an all-out three-day push to save all of them had recovered more quickly than the boys rescued on Sunday and Monday, Chaiwetch said. "Mission accomplished" and the Bangkok Post emblazoned with "All Wild Boars saved".

Closer to home, Chiang Rai locals rejoiced at the odds-upsetting rescue bid.

The boys seem to be going through progressive stages once they reach the hospital.

"Harry's given his all, his family have given the support and we've given the support as well as an organisation", he said.

Falling oxygen levels, risk of sickness and the imminent prospect of more rain flooding the cave complex for months meant "the long-term survivability of the boys in the cave was becoming a less and less feasible option", Anderson said.

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