The Australian diver said at first his team was given the job of helping with supplies before joining others to pass the boys through tight, watery crevices in the caves. "Initially we weren't certain they were all alive - as they were coming down I was counting them until I got to 13", he said after his arrival at London's Heathrow airport.
Officials at Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital told reporters at Saturday's press conference that all 13 are tentatively scheduled to be discharged Thursday.
Though the group are healthy and in good spirits, they remain in an isolation ward waiting for the medical all-clear after more than two weeks stuck deep underground in an environment where they could have been exposed to nasty diseases.
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Despite the positive assessments so far experts have said they would all need to be monitored closely for signs of psychological distress that could take months to manifest. Some lost as much as 11lb in weight during the terrifying ordeal but all are expected to make a full recovery.
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He warned relatives of the boys to resist giving interviews to media over fears they could have a negative impact on their mental health.
Around 6pm local time on Tuesday it was a moment of relief for loved ones when the last child emerged from the cave, safely followed by the 25-year-old coach.
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The hunt to find them turned into an global rescue operation involving thousands of people, from specialist divers to an army of local volunteers. Duangpetch said that Ekkapon told the boys not to move and to stay still so that they would save their energy. "We have to admire the coach that he managed well in this situation". They began their brief statements thanking their rescuers with a "wai", the traditional Thai greeting.
The youngest boy, 11-year-old Chanin Vibulrungreung, said in the video that his health is improving.
Rick Stanton, from Coventry, said he was using a "very unique skill set" to "give something back to the community". "I want to say thanks to everyone that anxious", he said.
Local military, police, and the Thai Navy SEALs worked alongside thousands of local and global volunteers, divers, doctors, and experts to aid in the urgent rescue mission.
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The 12 boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their coach became trapped on June 23 when they were cut off by floodwaters while exploring the cave.