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The final press briefing to wrap up the rescue operation of the Wild Boars

11 July 2018 (Readers 1040)

The Thailand cave rescue operation is accomplished, as 12 members and a coach of a youth football team were taken out of Tham Luang cave, and are being treated at a local hospital. The Thai Navy SEALS who stayed in the cave with the boys for the last few days have also made it out safely, according to Mr. Narongsak Osottanakorn, Commander of the Joint Administration Center for Rescue Operations.

"The 17 Days of this Mission Possible would not be a success without cooperation and unity from around the world, said Mr. Narongsak during a final press briefing to wrap up the rescue operation of the "Wild Boars football team. He added that he could not thank enough the overwhelming assistance from experts around the globe, local government agencies, the public, and the private sector.

"The key success is the unity that help all of us reaching the goal without discrimination, said the Commander.

Regarding the health status of the boys and their coach, Dr.Chaiwetch Thanapaisal, Director of Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital, confirmed that they are in a good state, physically and mentally. Three of the boys were being treated for minor cases of pneumonia, but it was predicted most would be discharged after about a week.

With permission from the 13 evacuees and their families, Dr.Chaiwetch showed an emotional video of the "Wild Boars waving from their hospital beds, during the final press briefing. The family members were not allowed to enter the room where they are being treated, in order to avoid infection, according to Dr. Chaiyawej Thanapaisarn.

Rear Adm. Apakorn Youkongkaew, Commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, said that many people called the Thai Navy SEALS heroes. But he didnt feel that they needed special recognition, saying that the Navy just held on to their values, "never abandoning the people and assisting in the operation from "Day 1 until the mission is completed.

Police Major General Churat Pan-ngao, Deputy Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5 said that 922 police officers were into the main areas for security and traffic facilitation. Ten police helicopters were also used during the operations.

Police officers also coordinated with 97 international divers and experts, helping with translations, accommodations, and travel efforts.

On Thursday, 12 July, the Agricultural Department will distribute factors of production to 126 affected farmers in the area and compensation will be given to them before the end of the month, said Mr. Sukchai Jariangprasert,  Director of the Chiang Mai Provincial Agricultural Office.


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