Footage from inside Thailand cave shows trapped boys' escape route

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They waved to the camera as they recovered from their ordeal.

The Thai Navy Seals have also published dramatic footage of the operation itself, showing how expert divers navigated the Wild Boar football team through the perilous journey to the surface.

The decision, a response to the global outpouring of love and support during the hard operation to rescue the boys, draws attention to the large numbers of stateless people living in Thailand, especially in its border regions.

"Before that. we didn't know what the situation was like for them", Komolvadhin said. "Our department had a..."

None of the four boys who were the first group to be evacuated from the cave has a fever, and the three boys who have minor lung infections are improving, Thai officials said, adding that they are taking less medication and can eat anything they want.

"This is clearly a time of grief for the Harris family, magnified by the physical and emotional demands of being part of this week's highly complex and ultimately successful rescue mission".

Rescue divers told BBC News the boys were heavily sedated during the rescue to prevent them from panicking in the water-filled passageways, which were barely large enough to fit through.

Tense footage of the incredible Thailand rescue has highlighted just how risky the path to safety was for the 12 boys.

The final four boys and their 25-year-old coach were brought to safety on Tuesday, having entered the network for exploration on June 23 before it became flooded by monsoon rains.

A former member of Thailand's navy SEAL unit died during a mission in the cave on Friday.

Rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters today that the entire operation would not have been possible without the unique skills that Harris brought to the mission, though he did not elaborate. He praised the cooperation between Thai and worldwide rescuers.

Twelve boys and their football coach had no serious health concerns Wednesday morning after the last group of five was successfully rescued from a flooded northern cave and transferred to hospital last night.

The average weight loss was 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) for those with known information, Thongchai said. Relatively mild weather and a massive effort to pump out water created a window of opportunity. Before their discovery, they survived by drinking water dripping into their cramped refuge. "None of them show a level of stress that we should be concerned about".

But Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday extra precautions would have be implemented both inside and outside the cave to safeguard tourists.

In a nationally televised address, Prayuth said that the government's efforts, the assistance of people in Thailand and overseas, and the outpouring of moral support made the mission a success.

"Hooyah! Mission accomplished", read another, echoing the rallying cry of the Thai navy SEALs involved in the rescue.

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