Tears as Thai cave boys learn of hero Navy Seal's death

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The boys played with footballs on a small makeshift pitch before taking their seats

The Wild Boars junior football team are now in hospital after spending 18 days trapped within the Tham Luang cave system.

The rescued Thai soccer team will watch a recording of Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia rather than the live broadcast so the 12 boys and their coach can rest.

Two British divers successfully located the lost teammates on July 2, but given the fact that the caves were largely flooded and the boys panicked and afraid, escape was to be no easy task.

"I am in good health now", said one of the boys, a 14-year-old nicknamed Note.

They have been recovering in hospital since they were rescued over three days last week and will be discharged on Thursday.

"A lot of parasites will want them to sign the rights to books, to films", said Galleguillos.

Pipat Photi, 15, also had a request: "I want to have crispy pork rice and barbecue pork rice".

Unfortunately due to their prolonged period inside the damp and dark cave tunnel, numerous boys had lost a substantial amount of weight given their young ages, with some of the soccer players having lost as much as 11 pounds.

Twelve boys and their coach who were trapped in the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province, Thailand mourned the the death of ex-Navy SEAL Saman Gunan, who died during the rescue mission.

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"(They provided) everything from catering, communications, media and of course the huge teams of workers filling the cave with tonnes and tonnes of equipment to try and lower the water and sustain the diving operations", he wrote on Facebook.

Doctors said Saturday the coach, 25-year-old Ekkapol "Ake" Chantawong, has gained weight quickly and is physically well, but he is the one they are most concerned about protecting from any mental angst.

"Early this morning Harry's father passed away here in Adelaide. after they'd all come out of the cave", said Andrew Pearce, of rescue service MedSTAR in the Australian city, where Harris, also known as Harry, is a specialist. When told how Mr Kunan died while installing oxygen tanks along the twisting passageways of the cave numerous boys cried before penning tributes on a drawing of the diver.

The story is already set for a retelling by Hollywood, with two production companies looking to put together movies about the boys and their rescue.

Saman, 38, had retired from Thailand's navy SEALs and was working as an airport security officer when he volunteered for the rescue operation.

He was granted a posthumous promotion to lieutenant commander by Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun and given a royal decoration.

Saman was the only fatality in the operation.

Federation Internationale de Football Association had invited the boys and their coach to attend the final in Moscow, but they cannot go for medical reasons.

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