Thai soccer team mourns Navy SEAL

Widow of hero diver who died during Thai cave rescue urges the boys not to blame themselves

The "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach rescued from a flooded cave pose with a drawing picture of Samarn Kunan, a former Thai navy diver who died working to rescue them, at the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital, in Chiang Rai, Thailand July 14, 2018.

In video messages of the boys shown at a news conference on Saturday, they are seen wearing surgical masks, a safeguard against infection that's been taken since the last of them were pulled from the Tham Luang cave on Tuesday, ending an 18-day ordeal.

Spanish diver Fernando Raigal told the Daily Mail: "The boys were sedated - they were unconscious".

"All of the 13 people, their physical bodies are strong and fit".

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop stated that the doctor was known for his work on medical assistance teams and their work during natural disasters in the Pacific region.

Most of the boys, who were shown in their hospital beds, looked relaxed, and began their brief statements with a "wai", the traditional Thai greeting of hands raised to chest level with palms together.

Somsak said he heard that Ekkapon had already contacted the authorities but had yet to submit all the required documents.

Another boy named Adul says in English: "Now I'm very fine".

"They also thanked him and promised to be good boys".




Asked by an off-camera interviewer what they were looking forward to eating, their wish list included slow-cooked pork leg with steamed rice, fried crispy pork, roasted red pork, sushi, steak and KFC.

"If you put me in a full face mask with no previous experience and dragged me out of a cave for, it's about a three hour trip, then I would be terrified and probably panicking as well".

The Wild Boars and their coach were rescued on July 10, more than two weeks after becoming trapped in a cave on June 23.

A British driver involved in the rescue initially said the boys were given ketamine but Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-O-Cha clarified that it was an anti-anxiety medication, and that they were still conscious.

The divers said they trained above ground with local children at a nearby pool, before practicing with the trapped boys by getting them used to donning wetsuits, buoyancy jackets and full-face masks. The boys have been advised against giving media interviews, which experts say could trigger a post-traumatic reaction.

In the video, the second to be released since being placed in an isolation ward, the boys expressed their thanks to the navy SEAL team in charge of the rescue operation and expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support from people in Thailand and overseas.

A retired navy SEAL diver from Thailand died July 6 after running out of air while placing extra oxygen tanks along the cave route.

A cleansing ceremony and memorial service was held next to a shrine for the 37 -year-old former Navy SEAL.

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