Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

With V-for-Victory sign, rescued Thai boys celebrate freedom

With V-for-Victory sign, rescued Thai boys celebrate freedom

The mission involved 13 foreign divers - around half of whom were British.

Teacher Kru Nice says 14-year-old Adun Sam-On has always been a leader, despite the fact he doesn't have his parents with him or even an official home. "Without him, in this operation, I don't think we could have succeeded".

She added: "I'd like to thank everybody for all their teamwork to get the lads out, it is absolutely lovely".

The water pumps failed, and Commander Chaiyananta Peeranarong heard shouts of alarm as the final stage of an unprecedented operation to rescue 12 Thai boys and their coach from a flooded cave nearly tipped into disaster.

Four Thai Navy Seals are seen after leaving the cave safe during the rescue mission, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand July 10, 2018 in this photo obtained from social media. The footage, released by Thai officials Wednesday, shows eight of the boys sitting up in their hospital beds, clad in hospital gowns and face masks.

"Some of them were asleep, and some of them were wiggling their fingers, kind of groggy, but they were breathing".

Mr Stanton said the toughest part of the mission was bringing the boys back through the passage and admitted he was not certain they would succeed.

The Thai Navy SEALs posted a video on Facebook showing the group when they were first found.

"What we do is very calculating. But they were very cold".

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At least two companies are also looking to make a film telling the story of the rescue. "In our country, you have so many friends".

Chu has teamed up again with Ivanhoe Pictures - the SK Global company working on Crazy Rich Asians - to develop a feature film, EW has learned.

Ivanhoe Pictures president John Penotti on Wednesday issued a statement saying that Thailand's Navy and government had selected the company for the film adaptation of the almost three-week ordeal.

Several studios have expressed interest in producing films based on the rescue, Deadline reported.

Managing partner Michael Scott, who lives in Thailand and was at the rescue site in Chiang Rai as the boys were being pulled to safety, made the announcement late Tuesday on Twitter. Some of the boys have already been visited by family.

"It was a successful outcome and we played a part in an worldwide effort".

The Pentagon downplayed the role of US troops, releasing little information about them until the boys and their coach began emerging from the cave system.

UK football team Manchester United invited the team as well as their rescuers to the Old Trafford stadium next season.

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.

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