Footage from inside Thailand cave shows trapped boys' escape route

A map locating the Tham Luang cave complex

The group had entered the sprawling Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand to go exploring after soccer practice on June 23 when monsoon rains filled the tight passageways, blocking their escape.

He did not say if the coach, the only adult with the boys for nine days before they found, was able to dive and walk out unaided.

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.

"What was really important was the coach and the boys all came together and discussed staying strong, having the will to live, having the will to survive", Anderson said.

"We don't see the children as at fault or as heroes".

The rescue mission, in which a Thai navy diver died, involved 90 divers who captured the world's imagination as they tirelessly worked to save the boys.

Thai navy SEALs posted a almost six-minute video on their Facebook page that shows rescue workers pass along green stretchers in which the boys were being transported.

"FIFA's priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation and we will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a Federation Internationale de Football Association event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration".

"Some of them were asleep, some of them were wiggling their fingers".

"My job was to transfer them along", he said, adding the "boys were wrapped up in stretchers already when they were being transferred".

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The children were kept in special full-face diving masks even over the dry sections because of dwindling oxygen underground. "I'm going to give them a hug", he said.

Footage released by the SEALs showed parts of the rescue operation that captivated the world.

"It was mostly a matter of clambering through mud, which was very tough", Ben Reymenants said.

Each of the boys, with no diving experience, was guided out by divers though rocky, muddy and water-filled passages that in places were just a crawl space. In another video, released by the government of Thailand on Wednesday, the boys seem energetic and healthy.

United States media quoted the company as saying the film would be directed by Jon M Chu.

One day before (July 10), faith-based company Pure Flix Entertainment announced they would be adapting the story.

Former Tory treasurer Lord Ashcroft said the rescuers should get the highest civilian honour. "We couldn't cope and we were adults", Urzua told Reuters.

One social media user said: "Wow, the angels watching out for them made it just in the nick of time".

UK football team Manchester United invited the team as well as their rescuers to the Old Trafford stadium next season.

Families of the 12 boys have been allowed to visit them. "I'm happy that the boys are out too", Khamluh Guntawong, grandfather of the team coach Ekkapol Chantawong, said.

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