The first footage has emerged from the hospital where 12 Thai boys and their coach are being treated after their dramatic rescue from a flooded cave. "They talked to the boys far away from them, about 2 meters [6.5 feet]", Thongchai said.
"The first thing I want to do is hug him,"he said."All parents have the same feeling".
"Some have had muscle infections, cold, flu, and some psychologists have been taking care of them to relieve stress", Health Ministry Inspector Lertvirairatanapong said.
The boys have been given health cards, which they will continue to carry for two weeks after they leave the hospital, in order to jot down any issues. They wave to the camera, give the peace sign and press their hands together in prayer to show gratitude. However, there is no set date for their discharge from hospital as they continue to undergo treatment.
The parents of the first four boys to be rescued were allowed to pay bedside visits to their quarantined children on the condition they wear hazmat suits and keep a distance of two meters.
However, ex-Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan died during the rescue effort.
Police officers took photographs of each other at the massive cave entrance, as pumps continued to suck out huge volumes of water.
"Our thanks and greatest admiration go the British lead divers, and support divers along the route in and out of the cave system from the EU, US, China and Australia, as well as the vast number of participants from military and civilian organisations in various support roles", the statement continued.
"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". "We will open this space as an attraction, a living museum", he said.
The last group of the 12-member "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach was brought out of the Tham Luang cave, near the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday night, safely ending a risky rescue and evoking worldwide relief and joy. "I think there is a worldwide appeal which I think will inspire millions across the globe".
Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that the children were sedated and placed on stretchers to prevent them from panicking during the rescue mission from the Tham Luang cave complex.
Closer to home, Chiang Rai locals rejoiced at the odds-upsetting rescue bid.
"I refuse to let Hollywood #whitewashout the Thai Cave rescue story!"