A Thai health official says the 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a cave are in good condition, and he's praising the way they looked after themselves. Officials say the boys show no signs of stress after the 18 day ordeal. The last four boys and the 25 year old coach were pulled out of the cave yesterday.
The first video of the rescued Thai boys recovering in the hospital has been released. The boys, all wearing masks, appear to be in good spirits, but health officials say two have lung infections. Several boys waved at the camera as relatives watched from outside a glass wall.
Thai Navy Seals also released video from the dramatic rescue. It show divers carrying the boys on stretchers through the narrow, flooded cave and eventually all the way out. CBS news has learned the boys and coach were rescued just in time. Hours after the last boy was pulled out, the main water pump in the caves malfunctioned, sending water rushing in.
Major Charles Hodges, U.S. Air force said, "That’s an abort criteria for our guys, so when that water level started rising everybody started grabbing their kit and they were ready to get out.Thankfully that last seal popped up at the last moment and everyone was able to make their way out of chamber three, mission complete."
Rescue volunteers danced and sang when they learned the entire group was safely rescued. The ordeal began more than two weeks ago, when the 12 boys and their soccer coach became trapped 2 and a half miles inside a complex cave system by fast-moving flood waters.
Officials say the boys were given anti-anxiety pills to help keep them calm during their rescue. All of the boys and their coach are expected to be kept here at the hospital through the weekend. And it may come as no surprise, the story of their rescue may become a movie. Film producers have been on the ground here in Thailand conducting preliminary interviews.