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First video shows Thai boys in hospital after cave rescue

AFP  |  Chiang Rai 

Video footage emerged today of several of the Thai boys rescued from a flooded cave recuperating in hospital, as the stunning images of the youngsters being freed from their on stretchers was also released for the first time.

The video shows several of the "Wild Boars" football team in hospital, after being rescued from the Tham Luang cave in northern in a three-day operation which ended successfully yesterday.

Doctors have said they are in good physical and mental -- a view backed up by the footage made available by the showing them behind quarantine glass in bed wearing smocks and facemasks, flashing peace signs and doing the traditional "wai" greeting.

They do not look shell-shocked or stunned despite a potentially harrowing 18 days inside a dank, dark cave followed by a risky rescue operation that was dubbed "Mission Impossible".

A former died while helping install oxygen tanks in preparation for the extraction. Later SEALs posted clips from the painstaking rescue that was carried out in three phases ending yesterday.

It showed divers in headlights and scuba-gear carrying out the boys on heavy-duty stretchers. Experts have warned of possible long-term trauma from their experience in Tham Luang but medical officials have issued a drumbeat of mostly positive about their condition, saying they are eating and even asking for chocolate.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 19:35 IST