Cave rescue: How did the Thai boys survive underground?

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A health department inspector previously told journalists that one of the boys had a lung infection and that all children were vaccinated for rabies and tetanus, according to the London Evening Standard.

Parents of the first eight boys rescued have been able to visit them but had to wear protective gear and stand two meters away as a precaution -authorities are anxious about the possibility of infections picked up in the cave. They survived the nine days before they were found by drinking water dripping from the cave walls, officials said.

Four boys were rescued Sunday, and another four were guided to safety on Monday.

While Pure Flix has released a slate of successful, low-budgeted, Christian-leaning films in the past (most notably the God's Not Dead series, the first of which grossed $60.8 million on a $2 million budget in 2014), Scott said it's not "necessary" to make the planned Thai rescue film a "Christian one, just an inspirational one".

The SEALs commander, Rear Adm. Apakorn Youkongkae, said the soccer coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, determined the order the boys should be rescued in.

Risks such as the boys' deteriorating physical condition and the possibility of life-saving equipment breaking down mid-mission made the rescue effort particularly unsafe, Hodges said. Some made the two-finger victory sign from their hospital beds. The photos also showed parents of the boys looking at their children through a glass window.

Chaiwetch Thanapaisal is director of Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital. He said, "Don't need to worry about their physical health and even more so for their mental health".

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Rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters today that the entire operation would not have been possible without the unique skills that Harris brought to the mission, though he did not elaborate. The effort turned tragic on Friday, July 6, when former Navy SEAL Saman Kunan ran out of oxygen and died. He ran out of air while trying to swim out of the cave.

Later this week, the Discovery Channel will be airing a one-hour documentary chronicling the team's weekslong ordeal: "Operation Thai Cave Rescue" premieres at 10 p.m. ET/PT on July 13.

The rescue sparked jubilation with Thais heaping praise on the rescue team of foreign and local divers as the triumphant tagline "Hooyah" pinballed across social media.

Described in a South Australia Ambulance Service statement as a "quiet and kind man" who "didn't think twice about offering his support on this mission", Harris was lauded for his work throughout the rescue effort. "Everyone worked together without discrimination of race or religion as the ultimate goal was to save the youth football team".

None of the 12 boys had ever been diving and some did not know how to swim.

They were taken by helicopter to a hospital about 70 km (45 miles) away to join their team mates in quarantine for the time being.

Steve George reported from Thailand, James Griffiths wrote from Hong Kong.

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