Thai Boys Rescued From Cave Say 'Thank You' In New Video

Tribute The rescued Thai football team and their coach display image of late navy Seal Saman Kunan with their messages for him

The 12 boys and their football coach rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand will watch a recording of Sunday's World Cup final, not the live broadcast, an official at the hospital they are staying in said. Craig and I have had a spotlight on our efforts and we want to make everyone realise that while we might have become the face of this rescue for some reason, everyone should know that the role we played was no more or less important than all the many hundreds (perhaps thousands) of people I have mentioned.

The boys have been advised against giving media interviews, which experts say could trigger a post-traumatic reaction.

The boys, aged 11 to 16, wrote messages of thanks and promised to be "good guys' on a portrait of Mr Kunan". They had lost an average of 4 pounds (2 kilograms) during the 17-day ordeal.

"All cried and expressed their condolences by writing messages on a drawing of Lieutenant-Commander Saman and observed one minute of silence for him", health ministry permanent secretary Jedsada Chokdamrongsuk said.

"The relatives need to take care of themselves and the boys".

The last group of the 12-member "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach was brought out of the Tham Luang cave, near the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday night, safely ending a risky rescue and evoking worldwide relief and joy.

The young "Wild Boars" and their 25-year-old football coach Ekkapol Chantawong wandered into the cave on 23 June.

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They were trapped inside the cave complex in northern Thailand after heavy rain sparked flooding. All are expected to leave hospital on Thursday. Two boys who are part of the team but were not present for ill-fated hike told ABC News that going into the cave was a sort of rite of passage and team-building exercise. The father of Duangpetch Promthep, or "Dom", cast light on how their survival hung in the balance in the nine days before they were found.

He was part of a team of 20 Australians involved in the Thai-led rescue effort, and has been described as an integral part of the rescue. To the Cave Divers Association of Australia for handling the flurry of interest in our sport...the management team there has been unbelievable especially our best mate John Dalla-Zuanna. He collapsed and died on July 6 while diving; according to some officials, his own oxygen supply ran out.

Mr Narongsak said: "We expect that if there is no unusual condition ... the four boys, one coach, the doctor, and three Seals who have been with the boys since first day will come out today".

The announcement came as dark monsoon rainclouds loomed over the mountainous north of the country early on Sunday, potentially heightening risks at the cave where rescuers were still waging a "war with water and time" to save 12 trapped boys and their assistant coach.

Thai navy SEALs and an global team of cave-diving experts played a key role in bringing them to safety.

Two of them possibly have a lung infection but all eight are generally "healthy and smiling", he said.

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