Boys Rescued from Thai Cave in Good Health

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Initially, rescuers said the boys (who are aged between 11 and 17) might have to wait until the end of the rainy season before they could be safely brought out from the cave, which would have involved waiting several months.

"The important things will be helping each other, returning to school and getting back into their community", said Boonruang Triruangworawat, director-general of the Thai Heath Ministry's Mental Health Department.

They had been exploring the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex in northern Thailand on June 23 when heavy rains and rising floodwaters blocked the team's path, leaving the group unable to get out.

Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the rescued boys and some of their parents said they had not been told who had been brought out. The rescued boys had not been identified out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped, officials had said.

Some of the boys rescued from a Thai cave seen in hospital in Chiang Rai.

Some of the rescued boys in hospital.

'We are humbled to have been able to provide our expertise and experience to assist in this worldwide operation led by the Thai government, ' they said in a statement on Thursday.

Plans to turn the rescue operation into a movie are also in the works, with two production companies racing to turn the extraordinary story into a film.

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The Thai Navy Seals also released new video showing the three-day rescue operation that captivated the world.

It showed divers in headlights and scuba-gear carrying out the boys on heavy-duty stretchers.

The positive pressure masks were "really crucial", he said.

"In this type of cave diving, you have to lay line, rope, that's your lifeline. I'm happy that the boys are out too", said Khamluh Guntawong, the grandfather of team coach Ekkapol Chantawong. "They were making progress, but it was very little progress and they were exhausting themselves spending maybe five or six hours and covering 40 or 50 metres".

"On behalf of the operation unit, we want to send our condolences to him and I do have to thank him a lot", Thai mission commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn said at a news conference Wednesday. In some narrow passages they were connected to only one diver. Some sections were completely dry but treacherously rocky or deep.

Even before all 13 people had been brought out, U.S. studio Pure Flix - which makes inspirational Christian films - had announced its producers were on the ground interviewing rescue workers for a potential film.

"If they can view the ordeal as an unusual adventure rather than dwelling on how the event could have cost their lives, they will be more likely to have a good emotional outcome", Wild said.

The soccer world has reached out in other ways to rescued boys. "It's important to realise how complex and how many pieces of this puzzle had to come together".

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