Parents wait to hug sons as details of risky Thai rescue emerge

Parents wait to hug sons as details of risky Thai rescue emerge

Parents are still waiting to be reunited with their sons two days after the last members of a youth football team were extracted from a cave in northern Thailand, as details of the high-risk rescue operation have started to emerge. 

Footage released on Wednesday showed the boys with surgical masks on, sitting up in their hospital beds and making victory signs as family members looked on from behind a window.

Doctors have put the 12 boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old football coach in quarantine while they are being tested for infectious diseases they may have contracted inside the Tham Luang cave complex. 

The “Wild Boars” football team got stuck inside the cave on June 23 after flooding caused by heavy monsoon rains blocked the entrance. 

They were found dishevelled and emaciated but alive on a muddy ledge 4km inside the cave nine days after they went missing. 

A large rescue operation got under way on Sunday, with divers extracting the team in batches of four and five over the course of three days. 

Adisak Wongsukchan told Al Jazeera he gave his 14-year-old son Nong Bew a big thumbs up when he first saw him in hospital. 

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