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‘Thai footballers lost 2 kg on average, but in good health’

Health officials say about the soccer team rescued on Tuesday 

Chiang Rai: The 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from inside a flooded Thai cave lost an average of 2 kg during their 17-day ordeal but were generally in good condition and showed no signs of stress, a senior health official said on Wednesday.

Thais reacted with relief, gratitude and exhilaration after the last group of the ‘Wild Boars’ soccer team was rescued from the Tham Luang cave on Tuesday night, ending an ordeal that gripped Thailand and the world from June 23.

Thailand’s health department said, “One of the boys has a lung infection, and all of them have been given vaccinations for rabies and tetanus.”

Cave to be turned into a museum SOON

The cave complex in Thailand where the team was trapped will be turned into a museum to showcase the rescue. The head of rescue mission, Narongsak Osottanakorn, said, “This area will become a living museum, to show how the operation unfolded. An interactive database will be set up. It will become another major attraction for Thailand.”

Thai officials say the fate of the boys and the multinational rescue has put the cave firmly on the map and plans are in place to develop it into a tourist destination.

CAVE-DIVING doctor mourns DAD’s death

The father of a cave-diving Australian doctor died on Wednesday, shortly after his son played a key role in rescuing the soccer team trapped from the Thai cave.

Anaesthetist Richard Harris, who did the final medical checks of the footballers, was among the divers who successfully ended the rescue mission.

“Early on Wednesday morning Harry’s father passed away in Adelaide after they’d all come out of the cave,” Andrew Pearce, rescue service MedSTAR in the Australian city, said. He gave no cause of death of Harris’ father, Jim.

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