Thai boys mark year since ordeal in cave

Thai boys mark year since ordeal in cave

But floodwaters trapped them inside and sent them scrambling for higher ground, driving them deeper into complex. Their rescue used to be hailed as nothing wanting a miracle.

The last of the "Wild Boars" - as their team was known - emerged alive almost three weeks later after specialist divers carefully sedated them before extracting them through the narrow, flooded passageways.

The boys and their coach have since become celebrities, represented by the 13 Tham Luang Co. Ltd., which Thailand's government helped establish to manage business opportunities stemming from the ordeal.

Netflix has obtained the rights to their account.

"I want to thank Sergeant Sam", Ekkapol Chantawong, assistant coach of the Wild Boars football team, told Reuters Video News, as the group placed flowers before a portrait of the diver, set beside a row of shaven-headed monks in orange robes.

Ekapol stood in front of a bronze statue of Lieutenant Commander Saman Gunan that has been erected to honor the former Thai navy SEAL who died while working on the search and rescue.

"However they're handsome, each physically and spiritually, there is nothing to disaster about", he stated.


The 12 young Thai soccer players and their coach who grabbed global attention previous year when they were trapped in a flooded cave for more than two weeks marked the anniversary of their ordeal with a religious ceremony Monday. The boys, who were 11 to 16 at the time, entered Tham Luang cave last June and became trapped by rising water.

The operation required inserting oxygen canisters alongside the path the place the divers maneuvered darkish, tight and twisting passageways stuffed with muddy waters and solid currents. The authorities are hoping to reopen the cave as a learning centre for the droves of tourists - local and foreign - who now visit.

Worldwide rescuers team prepare to enter the cave where a young soccer team and their coach trapped by flood waters.

"Not many children could have survived the way they did, so we have to respect them for that", British diver Vernon Unsworth, who was involved in the rescue, said Sunday. "Just let them grow up like normal kids", he said.

The event was held at the site in Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai province.

The cave's surrounding amenities, which just a year ago primarily featured dirt roads and thick mud, has seen significant renovations with facilities being built, roads paved and shops settling in.

Local souvenir shopkeepers said that the boys' ordeal has increased their fortunes.

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