Rescued Thai football team recovering well, SE Asia News & Top Stories

Rescued Thai football team recovering well, SE Asia News & Top Stories

The Thai Navy pose for photo as they depart from Chiang Rai International Airport after finishing the rescue mission for 12 soccer players and their coach in Chiang Rai, Thailand July 12, 2018. However, there is no set date for their discharge from hospital as they continue to undergo treatment.

Shortly after the last four boys and the 25-year-old coach were brought out Tuesday late afternoon, the water pumps failed in an area between two chambers, filling them with water as 20 rescuers remained inside.

"What was really important was the coach and the boys all came together and discussed staying strong, having the will to live, having the will to survive", Anderson said.

But Mr Volanthen dismissed the idea, adding: "We are not heroes". "I'm going to give them a hug", he said.

Concerns are already being raised on social media that the movie could be "white-washed", focusing more on the global characters while downplaying the role of Thais.

Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong, a health department inspector, earlier told reporters one from the last group rescued on Tuesday had a lung infection and they were all given vaccinations for rabies and tetanus.

His friend Sue Crowe told the BBC the doctor was an unassuming and selfless family man, whose calm presence would have comforted the boys in the cave.

The doctor said three of the boys were being treated for minor cases of pneumonia, but predicted most would be discharged after about a week. They were all also given vaccinations for rabies and tetanus.

"I don't have any details about when they were being transferred from the cave", he said.

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 and eating normal food.

Although the children were saved, former Thai Navy SEAL diver Saman Kumont died during the rescue effort.

But it will still be up to a week before all of the boys can hug their mums and dads. A glass wall separates the other parents from their children due to fears of infection. The other five on the team were Thai navy SEAL divers.

The saga is reminiscent of the 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days, a tale that was turned into the 2015 movie "The 33" starring Antonio Banderas. "I want to say thanks to those who rescued my boy".

Each boy was strapped to one of two rescue divers tasked with shepherding him, and bundled onto stretchers to be carried through the dry parts.

It was Adul, the stateless descendant of a Wa ethnic tribal branch once known for headhunting, who played a critical role in the rescue, acting as interpreter for the British divers.

The fate of the boys has even resonated as far as Russian Federation, where soccer's World Cup is reaching its final stages.

The Wild Boars were offered free tickets to the Fifa World Cup final in Russian Federation on Sunday (Monday NZT), but unfortunately they will still be under observation in hospital and are unable to attend.

The club said: "Manchester United is greatly relieved to learn that the 12 footballers and their coach trapped in a cave in Thailand are now safe".

"We will also collect all equipment used in this operation".

Pearce said Harris had "given his all, his family have given the support and we've given the support as well as an organization".

The first footage has emerged from the hospital where 12 Thai boys and their coach are being treated after their dramatic rescue from a flooded cave.