Thai cave rescue: Tearful reunion as parents catch first glimpse of boys

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AT least two Hollywood production companies are looking into putting the dramatic rescue of the "Wild Boars" soccer team on the big screen but social media is abuzz with the potential whitewashing of the proposed film.

The hospital treating 12 Thai school children rescued from a flooded cave has released the first video showing the boys since they were saved.

Earlier on Wednesday, the head of the Thai Navy Seals told the BBC that "hope became reality" with the rescue of the boys and their coach from the Tham Luang cave.

First, filmmakers need to secure the rights from each of the boys' families, the coach, and any rescuers they want to portray in order to get their firsthand accounts of what happened. But how many of us know that India too played a very crucial role in the mission?

Four boys were rescued Sunday, and another four were guided to safety on Monday. "Anyone can bring this card to show it to the doctors, so the doctor can be alerted to any kinds of diseases and take care of them, such as colds", Thongchai told reporters.

Raw video shows the boys rescued from the Thai cave recovering in the hospital today.

Closer to home, Chiang Rai locals rejoiced at the odds-upsetting rescue bid.

Parents awaiting reunion were seen crying and waving to the boys through a glass barrier meant to safeguard against potential infections. Doctors were anxious about potential infections the children could have contracted in the cave.

The last of the Wild Boars team were brought to the surface on Tuesday. "The best way is not to bother them and let them study".

They waved to the camera as they recovered from their ordeal.

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Getting them out - which involved teaching boys as young as 11 who were not strong swimmers to dive through narrow, submerged passages - proved a monumental challenge. "Be good people, be a force for good for your country", Rear Admiral Apakorn Yuukongkaew, commander of Thailand's navy SEALS unit, said in a message to the boys before boarding a flight from Chiang Rai.

He added: "We are not heroes".

Thailand spent yesterday celebrating the successful mission.

"By the time the last diver was out, the water was already at head level, nearly to the point where he needed an oxygen tank".

The rescue was carried out by an elite team of worldwide divers, led by Britons, who guided the sluggish youngsters along the tortuous two-and-a-half-mile escape route, the Daily Mail reports. A movie about the Thai rescue could be made for less, Medavoy said, because filming in Thailand is cheaper. "On the day that he passed, the entire team was sad, but we used this sorrow".

Thailand said it had called on 13 "world class" divers to help with the unprecedented job, one of whom was Australian Richard "Harry" Harris, a diver and professional anaesthetist.

Even UK football club Manchester United got in with the celebrations - and offered the boys a visit to Old Trafford.

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"Amazing news that all of the Thai kids are out of the cave safely!"