The rescued 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in the Tham Luang caves for more than two weeks in Thailand recounted their ordeals on Wednesday, at their first public appearance, during which they waved, smiled and offered traditional “wai” greetings on a national broadcast.
According to BBC, Adul Sam-on, 14, the only member of the group who speaks English, told reporters he could only say “hello” when the British divers surfaced.
All 13 were transferred to the hospital in Chiang Rai on their rescue where they received medical and psychological assistance;they left hospital earlier on Wednesday.
Living in the cave:
One boy described how they had lived on water from the stones of the cave. “Water is clean,” he said. “Only water, no food.”
Chanin “Titan” Wibrunrungrueang, 11, said: “I tried not to think about food because it would make me hungry.”
The boys went missing on 23 June and were found by divers on 2 July. Navy Seals then brought them food and other supplies.
The group described how they bonded with their rescuers over more than a week, until their final rescue.
“We played draughts (checkers),” Titan said.
The survivors will be watched for signs of psychological distress which may only become evident in the coming months.