Chu Ready to Adapt Thai Rescue Story

A map locating the Tham Luang cave complex

"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.

The rescue efforts captured worldwide attention for a week, after Richard Stanton and another diver found the boys, trapped by rising waters.

Video from inside the Thai cave has emerged, revealing the perilous passageways the rescue workers had to traverse to free the 12 trapped boys and their football coach.

Cylinders placed at locations throughout the cave for replenishing the boys' air supply were "jammed" with 80 per cent oxygen instead of regular air because "that would plus up their oxygen saturation levels and that would be really good for them, their mental state", he said. Some sat and made the "peace sign" gesture for the camera. "It shows a human touch, it shows human connection and [the] love and affection between parents and the boys".

The young soccer players rescued from a cave in Thailand are resting comfortably in a hospital.

The boys have so far only been allowed to see their parents through the glass of a quarantined room, due to the risk of infection. All 12 boys are being kept away from family members to prevent them from catching infections.

The first group was rescued Monday, and the second and third groups early Tuesday.

At a school opposite the hospital in Chiang Rai where the boys are recovering, schoolchildren were in an excited, celebratory mood.

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The boys would have to stay in the hospital for up to 10 days, hospital director Chaiwetch Thanapaisal told the news conference.

Highlighting the dangers, a former Thai navy SEAL volunteering to work on the rescue died on July 7 during a supply mission inside the cave.

A large rescue operation got under way on Sunday, with divers extracting the team in batches of four and five over the course of three days.

A huge media pack of more than 1,000 journalists gathered at the mouth of the cave feeding audiences all over the globe with every twist and turn of the dramatic rescue until its joyful conclusion on Tuesday.

The mission became a global effort with experts and rescuers flying in from Britain, Denmark, Finland, Canada, and Australia to assist the more than 1,000 Thai officials.

"To not receive food, we can still survive for many months but what's necessary is water, which the cave has, and around this time there's a lot in the cave, and they chose clean water to drink", he said. "Everyone worked together without discrimination of race or religion as the ultimate goal was to save the youth football team".

None of the 12 boys had ever been diving and some did not know how to swim.

Buoyancy compensators that establish neutral buoyancy underwater, hooded wetsuits, bungee cords and special face masks were carried by divers to the cramped patch of dry elevated ground where the boys were huddled. It took the divers about eight hours to get into the cave, reach the boys and bring them back out.

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