Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

With Thai soccer team freed, Hollywood gears up for the movie

With Thai soccer team freed, Hollywood gears up for the movie

The Tham Luang cave complex lies under the mountains in Thailand's northernmost province, on the border with Myanmar.

Their rescue was particularly treacherous because the boys, aged 11 to 16, had to swim through tight spaces despite having no previous diving experience.

A former Thai navy SEAL told Agence France-Presse that the 12 boys were partially sedated, fitted with a full face mask and passed from diver to diver through the cave complex in stretchers.

"Thank you very much for taking care of our children".

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.

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The parents have reportedly only been able to see their children through windows as they recover.

This handout video grab taken from footage released by the Royal Thai Navy yesterday (July 11) shows a member of the "Wild Boars" Thai youth football team being moved on a stretcher during a rescue operation inside the Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Mae Sai district.

There is ongoing interest in the boys' condition, with news agencies from across the world cramming into Chiang Rai hospital. "My job was to transfer them along". That's good news for the boys who had said they were looking forward to fried rice with basil.

But they pressed on and, on July 8, the rescue began.

Described in a South Australia Ambulance Service statement as a "quiet and kind man" who "didn't think twice about offering his support on this mission" Harry, as he is known, was lauded for his work in throughout the rescue period.

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On Wednesday night, provincial governor and rescue commander, Narongsak Osatanakorn, appeared to imply in a public address that citizenship is a possibility for the four.

"Everybody pulled together and the results speak for themselves, so we're just very happy that the boys are out and safe", Volanthen told reporters.

The movie would comparable to the 2015 film "The 33" starring Antonio Banderas, detailing the 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for over three months.

Closer to home, Chiang Rai locals rejoiced at the odds-upsetting rescue bid. When divers reached them later, they brought additional food, water and blankets.

Chu took to Twitter to give his thoughts on this project and said, "I refuse to let Hollywood #whitewashout the Thai Cave rescue story!" "We have to see whether they were born in Thailand and whether they have either a Thai father or mother".

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At least one film production house was already working on a scheme to make a Hollywood treatment out of the heroics of divers, cavers and medics who risked their lives to free the "Wild Boars".

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