Rescued Thai Soccer Team Meet the Press

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After recovering in the hospital, the rescued Thai soccer team and their assistant coach emerged for their first news conference on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. The Wild Boars team of 12 boys, ages 11-16 and their 25-year-old assistant coach were discharged from the hospital today to go home to their families.

At today’s news conference, Adul Samon, a Wild Boars team member, described the moment divers found them.

The soccer team and their assistant coach were reported missing on June 23rd.  An international team of divers led by the Thai Navy Seals found the soccer team trapped 2.5 miles inside the dark, partially flooded Tham Luang Cave in northern Thailand on July 2nd.  Around the world, people followed their ordeal.  After the team was found, a diver died during efforts to set up the rescue and bring oxygen and supplies into the cave as oxygen levels dropped.

Over 3 days the trapped team and coach were rescued in groups on July 8th, 9th and 10th by the divers.  All were transported to the hospital in Chiang Rai to recover.

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