Cave Boys Make First Public Appearance

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12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded Thai cave complex described how they survived on nothing but dripping water, and even tried to dig their way out.

The Wild Boars team were making their first public appearance after the long ordeal, waving, smiling and offering Thai traditional “wai” greetings on a national TV broadcast.

One of the boys, 14–year–old Adul Sam–on recalled the moment when two British divers found the trapped group on July 2, squatting in a flooded chamber several kilometres within the cave complex.

“It was magical,” he said. “I had to think a lot before I could answer their questions,” added Adul, who speaks English. “Everybody was happy, it was the most hopeful moment in 10 days.”

A crowd of media and onlookers were penned behind barricades as the boys arrived in vans from the hospital where they had stayed since their rescue from the complex in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai. ■

Video credit — Reuters

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