Thai Boys Describe Experience Of Being Trapped
The 12 members of a youth soccer team and their coach who spent more than two weeks trapped underground in a flooded cave network in northern Thailand have appeared in public for the first time since their ordeal.
The boys, who were discharged from the hospital on Wednesday, addressed the world's media at a specially arranged press conference in Chiang Rai, according to the BBC and CNN. 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."
Dressed in matching team shirts, the boys and their coach appeared happy and relaxed as they took their place on a large-purpose built stage alongside a medical team and specialist doctors.
The boys, all members of the Wild Boars junior soccer team, introduced themselves to the media, shared their nicknames, and told the audience what position they played on the team.
One boy described how they had lived only on water from the stones of the cave. "Water is clean," he said. "No food."
Some said they would learn from their ordeal. One promised to be "more careful and live my life the fullest." Another said: "This experience taught me to be more patient and strong."
Sitting beside the boys were the Thai Navy SEALs who stayed inside the cave with them once they were found.
Ardoon Sam-aon, the 14-year-old boy who became famous after responding in English to the first diver to reach the group, spoke of his shock on realizing they had been discovered.
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