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Thailand turning cave into museum about soccer team's rescue

Thailand turning cave into museum about soccer team's rescue

The Thai government released video of the boys as they recover.

Officials plan an interactive museum at Tham Luang based on the historic rescue mission that will feature items such as clothing that key rescuers wore during the operation, Narongsak said.

He added: "We have the power to not only MAKE history but be the historians that RECORD it too".

"We had to set up rope systems and high-lines to be able to safely put them in a harness and bring them across large open areas so they wouldn't have to go all the way down", he said.

Boys rescued from the Thai cave wearing masks and resting in a hospital in Chiang Rai.

None of the boys was heard speaking in the clips shown at the news conference.

Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong, a public health inspector, said earlier Tuesday that the boys lost an average of 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) while they were trapped. They will remain in hospital in the nearby city of Chiang Rai for a week, followed by a week's recuperation at home. Authorities are anxious about the possibility of infections picked up in the cave.

One boy is suffering with a lung infection, three show mild symptoms of pneumonia, another has a cut on his leg, and all have received vaccinations for rabies and tetanus.

Meanwhile, reports say the boys and the coach were sedated to stop them panicking during the unsafe rescue.

"The first thing I want to do is hug him,"he said."All parents have the same feeling".

Although the boys spent nine days without food and more than two weeks in the dark, damp cave, they seem to be in good health.

The group ventured into the vast cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai after soccer practice on June 23 and were trapped when a rainy season downpour flooded tunnels. They were found by a pair of British divers almost 10 days later, huddled on a small, dry shelf just above the water, smiling with relief but visibly skinny. He's a boy who has already faced significant challenges in his life and overcome them.

The daring operation was carried out with the help of worldwide rescue workers and ultimately resulted in the death of only one man - a Thai rescue diver on Friday last week.

The Thai cave rescue will be the subject of not one, but two competing movies. "Be good people, be a force for good for your country", Rear Admiral Apakorn Yuukongkaew, commander of Thailand's navy SEALS unit, said in a message to the boys before boarding a flight from Chiang Rai.

"We are not heroes".

Thailand spent yesterday celebrating the successful mission.

The boys and their coach were extracted from the cave in three groups until, finally, all were out on Tuesday. The other five on the team were Thai navy SEAL divers.

It had been suggested the boys, members of the Wild Boars Football Club, could be invited to watch the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday. Players from France and England welcomed news of the rescue and sent their best wishes to the "Wild Boars" on Twitter.

The next day, four more were rescued after a 9-hour mission.

He said the boys, ranging in age from 11 to 16, were "incredibly resilient".

"It's Thai, Westerners, Europeans, Aussies - people from all over the world who helped bring these kids to safety", Scott told Reuters.

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