In the first footage since they’ve been rescued, now all 12 Wild Boars and their coach are seen in a hospital room, each on his bed. They wear surgical masks and wave at the camera.
According to the officials, one of the boys has a lung infection, and the entire group is now in quarantine for the next days. The first eight boys released were visited for the first time by their parents. However, they could only stand at two meters, while wearing protective suits.
The boys and their coach lost an average of 2 kg while they tried to survive the flooded cave. They must stay in quarantine now because they might have been exposed to disease from bats or rats inside the cave. They will stay 10 days at the hospital, but not necessarily in quarantine for the entire time. Then, they must recover for 30 days at home.
According to a health department inspector, Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong, one of the boys had a lung infection and everyone in his group received vaccines for rabies and tetanus.
The Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, asked for the media to let the boys recover:
“The important thing is personal space. The best way is not to bother them and let them study.”
The Mission Was a Success Because of Cooperation
After the boys explored the caves, the rainy season started, trapping them in the tunnels. It started on 23 June and for nine days nobody knew where to find them. Then, British rescue divers found them on July 2. Time passed and experienced divers, rescue veterans, the Navy SEAL and many other people gathered in an international effort to save the young soccer team.
The passages were narrow and filled with water and there was no visibility at all. A former member of the Navy SEAL in Thailand died in the cave on Friday as he was out of oxygen on his way back outside. He was delivering oxygen to the trapped team, as the level of oxygen in the cave was running low.
US Airforce rescue specialist, Derek Anderson said that the boys and their coach were “incredibly resilient” during the rescue mission.
Rear Admiral Apakorn Yuukongkaew and the commander of the Navy SEAL unit who was in charge with the rescue said that:
“We are not heroes. This mission was successful because of cooperation from everyone. For SEALs, this is what we were trained for. The navy has a motto: ‘We don’t abandon the people’.”
The team consisted of officials from Britain, the United States, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, China and Australia and they had volunteers from Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Ukraine and Finland.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.