Twelve boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand planned to explore the cavern complex for only about an hour before treacherous flood waters rose to trap them for more than two weeks, one of the boys' fathers said.
He also paid tribute to Thai navy diver Saman Kunan, who died while replenishing oxygen canisters, saying his death brought a "bittersweet" taste to an otherwise successful operation.
Angle warned that if the boys continue to be defined as the kids who were rescued from the cave, it could become the singular characteristic of their identities. Now, there's no guarantee that Pure Flix, the production company that first announced that it was eyeing the movie rights to the story, would whitewash the film, but considering its roster of faith-based movies like God's Not Dead and God's Not Dead 2, it's highly likely that they would.
Initially isolated in hospital in Chiang Rai because of fears of infection, the boys have now been allowed to meet their families.
Twelve football players and their coach were rescued on Tuesday from the flooded cave in Thailand in which they had gone missing since June 23.
The 53-year-old went into the caves on each of the days to individually sign off on each of the boys' health before they were guided to safety. Four more were brought out on Monday, and the operation ended Tuesday with the rescue of the last four boys and their 25-year-old coach.
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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.
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But he said: "The most important thing to have was a full face mask which had been applied inside with positive pressure to enable them to breathe and to be relaxed enough so not to feel any anxiety during the process". He said they survived by drinking clean water dripping into the cave. "I've never seen anything that's so precise or to the point", he said.
Doctors, divers and other rescuers were posted along the twisting corridors monitoring the boys as they were passed through using a system of ropes, pulleys and rubber piping. All were improving quickly, the country's top public health official had said. If they are legally entitled to the right, they will get it. "On the day that he passed, the entire team was sad, but we used this sorrow".
The rescue has dominated front-page headlines in Thailand and beyond for days.
The chief of the rescue mission had called the device "not practical" for the operation, which required squeezing through narrow passageways in the cave, but a Thai military official said the mini-submarine could be useful for future rescue missions.