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Thai cave rescue Powerful video shows the escape of the Thai boys

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All 13 - the dozen boys, who range in age from 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach - were expected to be discharged from the hospital on Thursday, said Public Health Minister Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsattayatorn, who led the news conference at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital.

"All of the 13 people, their physical bodies are strong, and fit". In addition to the severe weight loss and dehydration, numerous young men had also contracted pneumonia, but by the time of publication, most had recovered from their illness according to Thai Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn.

All 12 of the boys and their 25-year-old coach were brought to safety over the course of a three-day rescue, organised by Thai Navy SEALs and an global team of diving and caving experts, that ended on Tuesday.

After exploring the caves on June 23, the soccer team and their coach were left stranded, around four kilometres inside the cave system after heavy rains and floodwater blocked their pathway out. Some had pneumonia when they were brought out of the cave but were recovering, he said.

The rescue gripped the world, with much praise focusing on the navy SEALs and worldwide team of divers who helped them, toiling for days in unsafe conditions to get the boys out.

Thai authorities are planning to turn the cave into a "living museum" while the idea of turning the rescue into movies has also been mooted.

"I'm getting better, (I want to eat) KFC", Adul Sam-on, 14, a stateless child born in Myanmar's Wa state, tells the camera before turning to English to thank the world for helping rescue them.

"Hello, my name is Biw, I am fine". "I want to say thanks to everyone that anxious". All 13 offered thanks for the support they've been given.

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Others addressed the camera in Thai. "Thanks for saving me".

"Don't worry anymore", he said.

Another rescued boy, Adun Samon, is a member of an ethnic minority in northern Thailand and is stateless.

An global team of elite diving experts and Thai Navy SEALS launched the heroic rescue bid, which was dubbed "D-Day".

While the boys and their coach are now in good health, there is concern about how they will deal with their fame, given the huge attention on the case within Thailand and beyond.

Meanwhile in Chiang Rai, thousands of volunteers showed up at Luang Cave to clean the area after the 18-day search-and-rescue operation ended.

He said the boys were "ecstatic" when the two divers appeared in front of the ledge where they had sought sanctuary, crowding to the front of the bank to greet their rescuers.

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