MAE SAI, Thailand As ecstatic relatives watched and waved from behind a glass barrier, the 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from deep within a flooded cave in Thailand made the V-for-Victory sign today from their beds in a hospital isolation ward where they are recovering from the 18-day ordeal.
People magazine was granted a sneak peak of ABC News' 20/20 special edition where they discovered one of the boys' mates was holding a vigil by keeping his trapped friend's school seat warm. Some of them, wearing surgical masks, lay on their beds. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile.
Four Thai Navy Seals are seen after leaving the cave safe during the rescue mission, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand July 10, 2018 in this photo obtained from social media.
The complex operation saw four boys rescued Sunday, four more on Monday and the last four on Tuesday, along with the team's coach.
The doctor said three of the boys were being treated for minor cases of pneumonia, but predicted most would be discharged after about a week.
Parents of the boys have been watching their children at the hospital as they recover and are evaluated by doctors.
But Mr Volanthen credited the worldwide team of military, navy and civilian divers who all "pulled together".
The Thai Navy Seals also released new video showing the three-day rescue operation that captivated the world.
"We were able to do the job we were asked to do", said the diver, who like most of the divers assiduously avoided the media during the operation in a mission defined by steely resolve.
The worldwide operation saw all 12 boys on the Thai football team rescued safely, including Mr Chanatwong, which eventually ended on Tuesday.
Hospital director Chaiwetch Thanapaisal said all 13 rescued, including the boys' 25-year-old soccer coach, and four Thai Navy SEALs are "well".
Officials plan an interactive museum at Tham Luang based on the historic rescue mission that will feature items such as clothing that key rescuers wore during the operation, Narongsak said.
The 12 Wild Boars players and their coach had entered the cave to go exploring June 23 but monsoon rains filled the tight passageways, blocking their escape.
The saga is reminiscent of the 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days, a tale that was turned into the 2015 movie "The 33" starring Antonio Banderas.
The fate of the boys has even resonated as far as Russian Federation, where soccer's World Cup is reaching its final stages.
"To see all that heroic bravery in the cave, and to get all the divers out, it's just such a touching event and so personal to me", he said in a video on Twitter. filmed at the rescue site.