The boys were described as generally being in normal condition in a Chiang Rai hospital Thursday, though their levels of recuperation varied because they were removed from the cave over three days. "They talked to the boys far away from them, about 2 meters [6.5 feet]", Thongchai said.
"On behalf of the operation unit, we want to send our condolences to him and I do have to thank him a lot", Thai mission commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn said at a news conference Wednesday.
"His best friend went and sat in his chair and said, "Okay, I'm gonna sit here until he comes back", Carl Henderson, an English teacher at a local school told the news program.
The father of Richard Harris, a key member of the team of global experts involved in the dramatic rescue mission, died soon after all the boys were freed. They wave to the camera, give the peace sign and press their hands together in prayer to show gratitude. You went into the cave with our children and you must get out with them. "I have to praise the coach who took care of the footballers very well", Lertvirairatanapong said.
Parents awaiting reunion were seen crying and waving to the boys through a glass barrier meant to safeguard against potential infections.
Among those hailed were the divers from the Thai navy Seals. Relatively mild weather and a massive effort to pump out water created a window of opportunity.
"Harry is a quiet and kind man who did not think twice about offering his support on this mission".
It was his rare combination of talents that led Australian doctor Richard Harris deep into the Tham Luang cave in Thailand.
Having completed this section, the boys were then handed over to separate, specialist rescue teams, who helped them through the remainder of the cave, much of which they could wade through.
The global operation saw all 12 boys on the Thai football team rescued safely, including Mr Chanatwong, which eventually ended on Tuesday.
Two days after the last of the Wild Boars football team were successfully extracted from the Tham Luang cave system, the government said that it would find ways to provide passports to the four who live in northern Thailand without formal documentation.
The group was trapped in the cave by rising water and rescued in a dramatic operation that captivated the world.
This story was first published on CNN.com, "Tears as Thai boys see parents for the first time since cave rescue".
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