Thailand cave rescue to be turned into Hollywood movie

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Rescuers carry one of the boys on a stretcher

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MAE SAI, Thailand As ecstatic relatives watched and waved from behind a glass barrier, the 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from deep within a flooded cave in Thailand made the V-for-Victory sign today from their beds in a hospital isolation ward where they are recovering from the 18-day ordeal.

Pure Flix Entertainment's managing partner Michael Scott and co-producer Adam Smith went to the rescue site to conduct an interview for a separate film project they are working on, which revolves around the two British divers who found the trapped Thai soccer team inside the cave.

He also paid tribute to Thai navy diver Saman Kunan, who died while replenishing oxygen canisters, saying his death brought a "bittersweet" taste to an otherwise successful operation.

Footage released by the SEAL team showed seemingly prone boys - at least one in full diving mask and wetsuit - being stretchered along the jagged passageways. In a grainy video captured on his GoPro camera that was later shown on TV news channels around the world, Volanthen told them: "Many people are coming". That's good news for the boys who had said they were looking forward to fried rice with basil.

Speaking earlier Wednesday, health ministry inspector Tongchai Lertvirairatanapong said the boys were in "good condition", despite each losing an average of two kilograms (4.4 pounds) in weight during their time in the cave.

All members of the Wild Boards soccer team were transported by ambulance and helicopter to a hospital in the Thailand province of Chiang Rai, where they will remain until given the all clear from medical professionals. Chu is teaming up with global production company Ivanhoe Pictures (Ghoul) to bring the sensational rescue story.

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"The recovery process should take around 30 days after they are discharged", he added.

"We just helped them with the stretchers and got them through the rocks and passed them to the next team", Schnauer told Newshub. The family members were not allowed to enter the room where they are being treated, in order to avoid infection, Dr Chaiyawej Thanapaisarn said. The boys were put in green plastic toboggans and carried through: at some points, there were steep slopes with cascading waters and the rescuers had to use a pulley system to winch them up.

Otherwise, they can submit a bachelors degree or diploma or ask for a special grant from the Thai government to get Thai nationality, he said. "I'm so happy he's safe".

"KBL is proud to be involved in the Thailand cave rescue mission", the company in a statement said.

"It was dark so we all had head lamps, and there was one spotlight".

Without him "this mission may not have succeeded", the Thai rescue chief, Narongsak Osottanakorn, told reporters late Wednesday.

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