Cave rescue: The Australian diving doctor who stayed with the boys

Hospital: Kids lost weight, drank dripping water in cave

Make the most of your lives, rescued Thai cave boys told

Parents of the "Wild Boars" football team watch their boys in the hospital from behind glass.

The Thai youth soccer team and their coach are recovering well, doctors said, but will remain in hospital to have their physical and mental health monitored closely.

"FIFA's priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation and we will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a Federation Internationale de Football Association event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration".

The group of 13 lost an average of 2 kilograms during their 17-day ordeal, but were generally doing well and showed no signs of stress, a senior health official said on Wednesday.

AT least two Hollywood production companies are looking into putting the dramatic rescue of the "Wild Boars" soccer team on the big screen but social media is abuzz with the potential whitewashing of the proposed film.

A huge worldwide operation rescued the stricken children, who became trapped in a flooded six-mile cave in the Doi Nang Non range on June 25, along with their 25-year-old coach, Ekaphol Chanatwong.

Thai officials say the fate of the boys and the multinational rescue has put the cave firmly on the map and plans are in place to develop it into a tourist destination.

In a press conference on Wednesday evening, the Thai Navy SEALs chief said the decision to evacuate the cave was based on both the threat of rising floodwaters and oxygen depletion in the cave where the boys were sheltering.

"What was really important was the coach and the boys all came together and discussed staying strong, having the will to live, having the will to survive", Anderson said.

Although parents of the first eight boys rescued were able to see their sons, they had to stand six feet away from the children. "I'm going to give them a hug", he said. "Thank you, Richard and thank you, Australia!"

One of the Thai boys is seen being stretchered out of the cave on Tuesday night.

The four boys and soccer coach brought out Tuesday on the final day of an all-out three-day push to save all of them had recovered more quickly than the boys rescued on Sunday and Monday, Chaiwetch said.

His friend Sue Crowe told the BBC the doctor was an unassuming and selfless family man, whose calm presence would have comforted the boys in the cave. Three of the five in the last group have fevers that are easing, and three have middle ear infections.

"He is brilliant with children, and he would have made sure that they were prepared in the best possible way from a cave-diving perspective", she said. "I have to praise the coach who took care of the footballers very well", Lertvirairatanapong said.

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