Locals awed after Thai cave rescue captured world's attention

Ekkapol Chantawong and some of the boys who come from stateless families in the border region

Ekkapol Chantawong and some of the boys who come from stateless families in the border region

Rescuers freed the last four of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from the cave on Tuesday, a successful end to a mission that gripped the world for more than two weeks.

Scott has a special connection to the case as his wife, who grew up in Thailand, was friends with the former Thai navy SEAL that died as part of the rescue efforts.

Thai media celebrate after evacuation in Chiang Rai as divers evacuated some of the 12 boys and their coach trapped at Tham Luang cave in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. The final group of four boys and their 25-year-old coach were brought out Tuesday.

"Hooyah Hooyah Hooyah", the Thai Navy SEALs wrote as the photo's caption on Facebook.

They're all likely to stay the hospital for seven days due to their weakened immune systems, Chokedamrongsook said.

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Though four boys and their coach are still to be saved, American film crews have reportedly traveled to the rescue site in Chiang Rai to begin work on a movie telling the tale of the Wild Boars team, Australian website news.com.au reported. "The equipment they brought to help us is not practical [for use] with our mission", rescue operations commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn told the BBC.

Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong, Inspector General of the Public Health Ministry, said the first four boys taken out on Sunday were eating normal and plain food.

Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the rescued boys and some of their parents said they had not been told who had been brought out.

The acting governor of Chiang Rai state, Narongsak Osottanakorn, led the rescue operation.

"I'm very happy that children are all out", said one of the men employed by the Thai government to help with the rescue.

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Two of the boys are thought to have lung infections, but there are no serious complaints to report.

Some family members have been allowed to visit the boys in hospital, but are only allowed to observe them from behind a glass window.

But Musk tweeted Sunday morning that his team of SpaceX engineers didn't actually go to Thailand because rescue operations were already underway.

Seven divers in the rescue team were from the United Kingdom, including Rick Stanton and John Volanthen, who were the first to reach the group last week.

Shortly after the full rescue was announced, President Donald Trump sent a congratulatory message.

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Rescuers are racing to remove the remaining five members of the Wild Boar soccer team from the cave before the return of heavy monsoon rains.

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