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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 17 November 2018

Thai caves rescue: Happy faces of all 12 boys and coach recovering in hospital

Individual images released of the boys following the ordeal which gripped the world

Only a handful of images had emerged of a few of the boys rescued in one of the most remarkable rescue operations in recent times.

But now the world can see the happiness and relief of all 12 boys and their football coach after individual images of them were released from Chiang Rai hospital in Thailand where they are recovering.

Some of them chose to sit calmly while they had their picture taken while others placed their hands together as a sign of respect or fist pumped in celebration. They are still wearing surgical masks to safeguard against infection

The Wild Boars football team were said to be in good health despite losing an average of 2kg during their two-week ordeal underground.

Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsattayatorn said all 13 are set to leave the hospital on Thursday and they will need to be closely monitored for physical and psychological effects from their traumatic experience.

One of the divers, Richard Stanton, on Friday told reporters that the mission was "an order of difficulty much higher than anything that's been accomplished anywhere around the world by any other cave diving team".

The National
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