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Thailand football team won't attend World Cup final

11 July 2018

The first eight boys rescued came in with low body temperatures and were provided with heaters, Thai doctors said Tuesday.

Another four were rescued on Monday and the last four boys and the coach were brought out on Tuesday.

The system, which had pumped hundreds of millions of gallons of rainwater out of the cave over the past 18 days, gave out soon after rescuers extracted the coach and the four Thai Navy Seals who had volunteered to stay with them.

But while divers risk their lives to get the team out, two Hollywood producers are beginning a project telling the boys's story. Helicopters transporting the boys roared overhead.

All eight boys rescued on the first two days are being treated in an isolation ward in a Chiang Rai hospital.

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"In the weeks after such an ordeal, it is common for people to have unwanted memories, feelings and flashbacks", Wild said, adding that while such symptoms usually clear up after a month, any longer could indicate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Payap Maiming, who helped provide food and necessities to rescue workers and journalists, noted that fact.

Club president Luis Filipe Vieira wrote to the Thai ambassador to Portugal to invite the boys to the camp in Seixal across the River Tagus from the capital, a club statement said on Tuesday. Another four emerged Monday.

"When I saw the diver and the kid on the horizon, I still didn't know if it was a casualty or if it was a kid so I was very scared", said Ivan Karadzic, one of the rescuers inside the cave.

The group was rescued after 17 days inside the vast cave complex in northern Thailand where they had ventured after football practice on June 23. The route, in some places just a crawl space, had oxygen canisters positioned at regular intervals to refresh each team's air supply. The effort turned tragic on Friday, July 6, when former Navy SEAL Saman Kunan ran out of oxygen and died.

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Cave-diving experts had warned diving the youngsters out was potentially too risky. "It was Mission Possible for Team Thailand".

"It doesn't matter how much equipment you throw at it or how many dollars you throw at it, you may be reaching the limits of the technology in this particular situation", Anmar Mirza, National Cave Rescue Commission National Coordinator, told Slate on Saturday.

England and Manchester City defender Kyle Walker, who is preparing for a World Cup semi-final showdown in Moscow, said he would like to send the boys football shirts. "Great news that they made it out safely. It's called anxiolytic, something to make them not excited, not stressed".

The Tham Luang cave system will now be closed for some time, prime minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha said.

It is believed that the second lot of boys are in better health than the first four who were brought out first because they were deemed the "weakest". They received intravenous treatment, vaccines, antibiotics and vitamins.

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A Thai health official says the soccer teammates rescued from a flooded cave lost weight during their two-week ordeal but had water while they were trapped and are in good health.

Thailand football team won't attend World Cup final