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All 12 boys and coach safe after Thailand cave rescue

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Celia Hoffman | 12 July, 2018, 17:04

And two production companies have reportedly already shown an interest in the story.

"The bravery and heroism I've witnessed is incredibly inspiring, so, yes, this will be a movie for us", said CEO and co-founder Michael Scott, who lives in Thailand part-time and was on the scene of the rescue.

Thailand's Department of Mental Health said hospitals are working with the families to help the boys mentally recover, including by not digging for details about what they endured.

For Thai journalist Nattha Komolvadhin, the heart-pounding, 18-day rescue mission of 12 boys and their coach from the depths of a flooded cave in Thailand not only brought the country together but captured the attention of the entire world. The rescuers faced a complicated and risky diving mission to free the rest of the team and their coach. They found water dripping inside the cave.

Just before 1pm United Kingdom time, it was announced that all 12 boys and their coach were safe.

"I want this warm hug once again", his widow Valeepoan said on Instagram, posting a photo of her and Mr Saman embracing.

But the mission, which leaned on the expertise of elite foreign divers and Thai Navy Seals, almost turned into a calamity. One of the boys lies on it covered in a metallic, reflective material.

The boys, aged 11 to 16 and with no diving experience, were guided out by a pair of divers though rocky, muddy and wateru passages that in places were just a crawl space.

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The group ventured into the vast cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai after soccer practice on June 23 and were trapped when a rainy season downpour flooded tunnels.

A video of the boys in hospital was shown at the news conference. Getting trained divers into the cave was easier than getting untrained kids out.

Thailand's prime minister, Prayuth Chan-o-cha, said the boys were given anti-anxiety medication to help with their rescue.

Divers who rescued the Thai soccer team who were trapped in a cave first practiced on local children in a swimming pool.

Two of the first group had a lung infection as well, and Thongchai said they would need medicine for seven days. Rest two including the coach were rescued later in the day. A video has been released showing them in good health, though they will stay quarantined for a week.

The plight of the Wild Boars team has dominated global news for a fortnight and a Thai diver died on Friday when he ran out of oxygen following a mission to get air tanks to the group.

California-born Chu, who has Chinese heritage, also tweeted that he will not "let Hollywood #whitewashout the Thai Cave rescue story.". The saga is reminiscent of the 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days, a tale that was turned into the 2015 movie "The 33" starring Antonio Banderas.

Starring Antonio Banderas, the survival drama entitled "The 33" hit the movie theaters in 2015. People may have been glued to their screens when the actual drama unfolded, but the film was not a box office success.

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