Thai boys sedated, stretchered from cave in dramatic rescue

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Matcha Phoru-in, an activist who works with undocumented refugees in northern Thailand, told Reuters that people who are stateless aren't recognized as citizens of any country, are usually poor, and have restricted travel, work and benefits rights. The boys range in age from 11 to 16.

"My wife actually grew up with the Thai Navy SEAL that died in the cave".

"Thank you very much for taking care of our children".

The world was gripped after 12 schoolboys and their football coach were saved by divers after being trapped underground for 17 days.

CHIANG RAI, July 11 -The boys rescued from a Thai cave were passed "sleeping" on stretchers through the treacherous pathways, a former Thai Navy SEAL who was the last diver to leave the Tham Luang complex told AFP today.

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Some of the rescued boys in hospital. On Tuesday authorities said some of the boys had asked to eat bread with chocolate spread, but mostly they'll be given a food similar to milk which is rich in proteins and nutrients.

"From our assessment, they are in good condition and not stressed".

His parents dropped him off at a Baptist church in the border town of Mae Sai. and the principal of Wiang Phan School, which Sam-on attends, told the Times that he is "the best of the best" and that stateless children often have a "fighting spirit that makes them want to excel".

But he denied they were knocked out for the miraculous rescue.

The exact mechanics of the rescue bid were closely guarded during the operation, but details have since dribbled out. Wetsuits and scuba gear still hung along a walkway at the entrance Wednesday, waiting to be sorted by Thai Navy officials.

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"The bravery and heroism I've witnessed is incredibly inspiring, so, yes, this will be a movie for us", he said.

A week later, when British divers found the 13, hungry and huddled in darkness on a bank in a partly flooded chamber about four km (2.5 miles) inside the Tham Luang cave, Anan realized that his team had come just 500-700 meters short of the boys that day. They will remain in hospital in the nearby city of Chiang Rai for a week, followed by a week's recuperation at home.

Questions will remain as to why the team, led by their 25-year-old coach, went into the caves during the rainy season - it is common knowledge that it is a unsafe time to enter, and signs at the entrance specifically warn of the dangers of monsoon rains. They were carried by stretcher in the compartments that hadn't flooded.

The story of the entrapment of the boys and their coach in the cave and their dramatic rescue has captivated people around the world.

"They are the ones who were responsible for their own morale and really their own safety and without them being in the state they were in we couldn't have done anything".

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