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Thai Soccer Team Members Recuperate in Hospital After Cave Rescue

Thai Soccer Team Members Recuperate in Hospital After Cave Rescue

A doctor at the hospital at which they are being treated said: "All of the boys who were evacuated from the cave have been informed of the death of one of the rescuers".

Doctors say they are in good health following a successful three-day operation which ended July 10 when teams of Thai Navy SEALs and global cave diving experts hauled the last five members of the team to safety.

Public Health Minister Piyasakol gave a prognosis for the boys, and said, "Psychologists have been talking to the kids, with the kids, their mental well-being is good today".

"When the boys were hungry, coach Ek shone his torchlight up towards the stalactites, telling them to drink the water dripping down", Banpot Promthep told reporters late Thursday.

Former Thai Navy Seal Kunan was honoured at a state funeral yesterday.

He was ordered the Knight Grand Cross (First Class) and given the medal of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant.

The 12 boys and their soccer coach who were recently rescued from a cave in northern Thailand have appeared in video messages from their hospital beds, in which they each thanked officials and well-wishers for their help and support.

It had been suggested the Wild Boars Football Club could be invited to watch the World Cup final in Moscow, though FIFA confirmed the team is not well enough to attend.

Blood tests results showed no signs of infectious diseases that they might have contracted during their weeks stranded deep within a partly flooded cave near the village of Pong Pha.

The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach had planned to explore the Tham Luang cave complex for about an hour after soccer practice on June 23.

Doctors say they are in good health following a successful three-day operation which ended July 10 when teams of Navy Seals and worldwide cave diving experts hauled the last five members of the team to safety.

Their whereabouts were not known for nine days during which time they were also without food until they were found 4 km from the entrance on July 2 and finally rescued in batches.

Last week, Manchester United invited the Wild Boars to watch a match at Old Trafford.

While the cave system has been closed, officials have said it could be reopened as a tourist attraction - with strict safeguards to prevent future disasters.