Thai Boys in High Spirits Following Cave Rescue

Some of the rescued boys in hospital

Thai navy SEALs posted a almost six-minute video on their Facebook page that shows rescue workers pass along green stretchers in which the boys were being transported.

Doctors have put the 12 boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old football coach in quarantine while they are being tested for infectious diseases they may have contracted inside the Tham Luang cave complex.

They were found 10 days later, huddled on a small, dry shelf just above the water, and divers and other worldwide rescuers plotted the complex mission to rescue the team before more rain came. A rescue volunteer, former Thai navy SEAL Saman Kunan, died during the operation when he ran out of oxygen.

Detailed account reveals how the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach nearly became a disaster. They will soon be able to meet them in person, but only while wearing protective clothing to reduce the risk of infection.

Around five minutes into this video, the boy shown on screen has his eyes closed but appears conscious, bringing his right hand to his torso as people gather around him.

On Wednesday video showed the boys recuperating in an isolation ward in hospital, chatting to each other and making two-finger victory signs while their parents waved to them through a glass window.

Desperate attempts to free the trapped "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach from a flooded Thai cave were hindered by wild weather and low oxygen.

"My job was to transfer them along", he said, adding the "boys were wrapped up in stretchers already when they were being transferred" and were monitored at regular intervals by doctors posted along the kilometres-long escape route.

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Speaking earlier Wednesday, health ministry inspector Tongchai Lertvirairatanapong said the boys were in "good condition", despite each losing an average of two kilograms (4.4 pounds) in weight during their time in the cave.

Three of the 12 boys are seen recovering in their hospital beds after being rescued along with their coach from a flooded cave in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand.

Retrieving them the team from four kilometres-deep in the cave was a complicated process that resulted in the death of one of the rescue team.

Rescue divers told BBC News the boys were heavily sedated during the rescue to prevent them from panicking in the water-filled passageways, which were barely large enough to fit through.

Then the problem became how to get them back out through the tunnels, some completely full of fast-flowing flood water. Before their discovery, they survived by drinking water dripping into their cramped refuge. Chu is teaming up with global production company Ivanhoe Pictures (Ghoul) to bring the sensational rescue story.

"Amazing news that all of the Thai kids are out of the cave safely", Walker said.

On Tuesday, US television network ABC aired a special edition of "20/20" focused on the mission, and the Discovery Channel announced it would air a one-hour documentary on Friday.

"[He] is an extraordinary Australian and he has certainly made a big difference to the rescue effort here in Thailand", she said.

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