Boys 'tranquilised' for trip out of cave: Rescue diver

He lauded the co-operation between Thai and global rescuers.

Health officials have also previously said the boys would get a mental health evaluation, to address any problems caused by their ordeal.

The team had to handle the total darkness of the cave, without any awareness of time or of the massive search efforts to find them.

An American involved in the operation described the perilous zero-visibility dives that brought the boys out safely as a "once in a lifetime rescue".

In his letter when he was trapped, Ake apologised to the parents for taking the boys into the cave network, but several parents replied to say they did not blame him.

According to a document released by the Thai authorities, the plan was that two divers would accompany each of the boys, who were being brought out in groups.

"Our condolences to Doctor Richard Harris, one of the leading rescuers whose father just passed away hours after his rescue mission had been completed", the statement read.

In this photo taken from video released by Thailand government, family members watch the rescued boys through a window at the Chiang Rai hospital in northern Thailand, Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

They became trapped after heavy rains caused flooding.

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The youngsters and their coach had been stuck in the cave since 23 June, after rising water levels trapped within the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex in Chiang Rai.

Closer to home, Chiang Rai locals rejoiced at the odds-upsetting rescue bid. "They are children being children, it was an accident", he said.

Formerly a Buddhist monk before turning to football, Ake taught the boys meditation to help them handle the stress. Jedsada said they were uncertain what type of infections the boys could face "because we have never experienced this kind of issue from a deep cave". "They walk from chamber three to mouth of the cave".

The four Thai navy seals, including the doctor, who stayed with the four remaining boys and coach until they were rescued from the cave.

That sign off quickly turned into a hashtag shared across social media, where luminaries of business, politics and sport extended their best wishes to the team and the rescuers. I haven't been able to sleep for days. "I'm happy that the boys are out too", said Khamluh Guntawong, the grandfather of team coach Ekkapol Chantawong.

"This victory goes to the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong", French midfielder Paul Pogba tweeted after his team beat Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday to reach the final.

In some phases they were guided by two divers.

"We have been informed by the Football Association of Thailand that due to medical reasons, the boys will not be in a position to travel to Moscow for the World Cup final".

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