Thailand’s Cave Boys Appear In Public
One of the 12 boys rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand this month has described the “moment of miracle” when divers found them.
Adul Sam-on, 14, the only member of the junior football team who speaks English, could only say “hello” when the two British divers surfaced.
“I was stunned because they were English so I said ‘hello’,” he said.
The boys, who were underground more than two weeks, left hospital earlier on Wednesday and are on their way home.
But first they are giving details of their ordeal in the the Tham Luang caves at a news conference in Chiang Rai.
They appeared on stage in their football kit, alongside members of the Thai Navy Seals who had helped rescue them.
Chiang Rai’s provincial governor, Prachon Pratsukan, said this would be the boys’ “only official media interview”, saying that there would “be no more speaking with the press after this”.
Questions submitted by journalists were vetted ahead of time, and have been screened by a child psychiatrist to ensure they do not distress the boys.
There are also plans for the boys to be ordained as Buddhist monks for a short period of time, a tradition for males in Thailand who have experienced a misfortune.