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Chu Ready to Adapt Thai Rescue Story

13 July 2018

Parents are still waiting to be reunited with their sons two days after the last members of a youth football team were extracted from a cave in northern Thailand, as details of the high-risk rescue operation have started to emerge.

The Thai cave rescue saw divers rescue the boys one by one under extremely hard circumstances.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said last week, after the team had been found alive, that it planned to promote the Tham Luang cave complex in the province of Chiang Rai as a tourism attraction as it had featured so heavily in news stories around the world.

He added that it's important for the boys to stay connected throughout life because they're each one of only 13 people who went through a unique nightmare.

Thailand's Navy, whose SEAL unit led the rescue, and the Thai government have selected Ivanhoe Pictures to develop a film that would be directed by John M Chu, the president of Ivanhoe Pictures, John Penotti, said in a statement.

The boys had earlier received an invitation to come watch the World Cup final in Russian Federation, but doctors said they could not go as they were still confined to their hospital beds.

He's got a very bouncy Australian accent and they [the rescued boys] seemed to find that quite relaxing and reassuring.

In the cavern, one-by-one, the boys were fitted with 5mm-thick wetsuits and full-face scuba masks.

A large rescue operation got under way on Sunday, with divers extracting the team in batches of four and five over the course of three days. They will remain in hospital in the nearby city of Chiang Rai for a week, followed by a week's recuperation at home.

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Fans stationed behind the goal roared as a young boy wearing the Peresic name ran a scintillating line from nearly halfway to score in a packed away net.

At the final press conference for the rescue mission Wednesday, mission commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn paid tribute to Harris.

"We're just very happy that the boys are out and safe", he said.

Two days before the dramatic rescue bid began, another retired SEAL, Saman Kunan, died trying to set up oxygen tanks in a flooded tunnel. When divers reached them later, they brought additional food, water and blankets.

Getting them out - which involved teaching boys as young as 11 who were not strong swimmers to dive through narrow, submerged passages - proved a monumental challenge.

Having completed this section, the boys were then handed over to separate, specialist rescue teams, who helped them through the remainder of the cave, much of which they could wade through.

The 12 Wild Boars players and their coach had entered the cave to go exploring June 23.

"I refuse to let Hollywood #whitewashout the Thai Cave rescue story", he tweeted on July 11.

"They are the ones who were responsible for their own morale and really their own safety and without them being in the state they were in we couldn't have done anything".

Chu Ready to Adapt Thai Rescue Story