Bangkok: While the rescued soccer team may not be able to take FIFA up on their offer to attend the World Cup final, other clubs are coming to the rescue with heart-warming invitations.
Manchester United said they would be “honoured to welcome the team from the Wild Boars Football Club and their rescuers to Old Trafford this coming season”.
What these boys, most aged around 11, have done is incredible. They have stayed calm and positive, supported each other and undertaken a journey that most adult cave-diving aficionados would struggle to do.
#MUFC is relieved to learn that the 12 footballers and their coach trapped in a cave in Thailand are now safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected.
We would love to welcome the team from Wild Boars Football Club and their rescuers to Old Trafford this coming season. pic.twitter.com/5CGMoD1Msq
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 10, 2018
The dramatic rescue marks the end of a more than two-week ordeal which began when the “Wild Boars” team and their coach became trapped inside the flooded Tham Luang cave on the border with Myanmar on June 23.
The Thai Navy Seals, who led the rescue effort, confirmed the evacuation of the whole football team.The Thai SEALs and elite foreign divers extracted the final batch of four boys, plus the 25-year-old coach, on Tuesday afternoon via a perilous escape route that required them to squeeze through narrow, water-filled tunnels.
“All 12 ‘Wild Boars’ and coach have been extracted from the cave,” the SEALs said in a Facebook post.”All are safe,” they added, signing off with what has become their trademark “Hooyah” to celebrate the successful extractions of the other boys over the previous two days.
The doctor and three Navy Seals who volunteered to stay with the team for eight days have also left the cave.The condition of the evacuees is unknown, but they have been transported to the hospital in Chiang Rai for medical treatment.
On Monday, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said he would host a celebration for all of those involved in the multinational rescue effort.
On behalf of the United States, congratulations to the Thai Navy SEALs and all on the successful rescue of the 12 boys and their coach from the treacherous cave in Thailand. Such a beautiful moment – all freed, great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2018
“We will host a meal for all sides,” said Prayuth. United States president Donald Trump also joined the celebrations, praising the Thai Navy Seals for a “great job”.
Two of the eight Thai schoolboys evacuated from the Tham Luang cave complex in northern Thailand have experienced irregularities in their lungs, which their medical team suspects are signs of pneumonia, Public Health permanent secretary Dr Jetsada Chokedamrongsuk said on Tuesday (Jul 10).
“Two of the first four boys evacuated have experienced irregularities in their lungs, and one of them has suffered an injury on the right ankle. All of them have received medical treatments,” he told reporters at a news conference at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital, where the eight patients are admitted.
As of Tuesday morning, he added, their body temperatures were normal and they were all able to stand up and walk around their beds.
On Monday night, a second group of four evacuees arrived at the hospital. They all experienced low body temperatures. However, according to Dr Jetsada, one of the boys had it worse than the rest.
His body temperature was very low and he also had an irregular heartbeat with a slow heart rate. He was given medication and is now doing well.
The children had long been exposed to humidity and low temperature inside the caves, Dr Jetsada added. They were also deprived of food and had to dive a long distance to come out, resulting in exhaustion.Volunteer rescue workers marked the occasion with song and dance.