"On behalf of the operation unit, we want to send our condolences to him and I do have to thank him a lot", he said. Every day, at around 8:30 a.m., the global coalition of divers would come together with Thai navy commanders.
As a group consisting of a medic and several Navy SEALs remained within the cave with the boys, teaching them how to swim and dive and fitting them with SCUBA gear, the mission to bring them out officially began on Sunday, July 8.
"We fought and were defeated, losing space to the water", Acting Chiang Rai governor and rescue coordinator Narongsak Osatanakorn told the media. Thongchai said no one is blaming the coach, the last to be evacuated from the cave, for his decision to take the boys inside for a hike after soccer practice.
They were also seen sitting cheerfully in their hospital beds, where they are being kept in isolation until doctors are sure they did not pick up any nasty diseases during more than two weeks in the dark.
At least one film production house was already working on a scheme to make a Hollywood treatment out of the heroics of divers, cavers and medics who risked their lives to free the "Wild Boars". He was the only casualty of the operation.
At the start of the seven-minute video, posted on Facebook just a day after the last of the 13 members of the group were successfully escorted out of the cave, two divers are seen adjusting their equipment while standing chest-deep in murky water.
But the rescue in murky water presents an added challenge.
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"You are very strong", Volanthen told the group.
The most unsafe part of the journey out of the labyrinthine cave system was the first kilometer, during which they were required to squeeze through a narrow flooded channel. The diving was over by this point, but still the way ahead was hard. The family members were not allowed to enter the room where they are being treated, in order to avoid infection, Dr Chaiyawej Thanapaisarn said.
"Some of them were asleep, some of them were wiggling their fingers". There have been reports that the boys had been sedated, though officials said only that some had been given medicine to calm their nerves.
"We brought the children out like eggs protected in stone", Apakorn said, referencing a Thai saying equivalent to "velvet glove".
"If it's not broke, don't change it", Brown said.
Kangkun told the Guardian that applications under Thailand's Nationality Act are considered on a case-by-case basis, but since the rescue has garnered so much attention, some steps could be bypassed. "I'm looking forward to staying out of the water for a bit".