Public Health Minister Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsattayatorn told reporters Saturday that the boys, ranging from 11 to 16 years old and their 25-year-old coach were healthy. In a hospital video recorded Friday, the boys sent messages to well-wishers. A hospital statement said as their recovery continues, the boys should avoid mental stress, spend time with only friends and family and avoid media exposure that could trigger post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. In the last days divers revealed details of the dangerous rescue operation. “It’s one of the most difficult and dangerous and risky things I’ve ever done, not in terms of my own personal safety, but in terms of the people I was responsible for I’ve never done anything as risky as that and I don’t think I ever will again. But it was the only option we had, and we took it,” British cave diver Jason Mallinson told.
Boys in the hospital
The rescue was so dangerous the Australian Government negotiated immunity from Thai authorities for any Australians involved in the sedation of the children in case anything went wrong. In a video played at a press conference over the weekend, the boys appeared in good spirits, thanking those involved in their rescue. A news conference was scheduled Wednesday but journalists will submit questions in advance, which will be vetted by a psychologist. Approved questions will be put to the boys by a moderator.