The 12 boys and their football coach who were rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand will be discharged from the hospital on July 19, Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn said on Saturday, according to Reuters.
Sakolsatayadorn said the 13 were recovering fast. He added that some of the boys had pneumonia.
The boys were rescued after a three-day operation involving experts from several countries, including the Thai Navy Seal, the United States Indo-Pacific Command and British cave diving experts. The last person was pulled out of the cave on Tuesday. In a video from the hospital, the boys thanked their rescuers. “I am in good health now,” said one of the boys. “Thanks for saving me.”
The players from the Wild Boars Soccer team, aged 11-16 and their 25-year-old coach had hiked to the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in northern Thailand on June 23. They were trapped there after rising flood waters blocked their exit. They were discovered on June 3.