Thai cave rescue: Sisters turn cave heroes into cartoon menagerie

The Australian doctor and three Navy SEALs were the last people left in the cave after the boys had been transported to land. "I'm happy that the boys are out too", said Khamluh Guntawong, the grandfather of team coach Ekkapol Chantawong.

Formerly a Buddhist monk before turning to football, Ake taught the boys meditation to help them handle the stress.

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

The footage, released on the Thai Navy SEALs Facebook page, shows a complex operation with numerous divers - both foreign and Thai - using pulleys, ropes and rubber piping to haul members of the soccer team to safety.

Each of the boys, aged 11 to 16 and with no diving experience, was guided out by a pair of divers in three days of intricate and high-stakes operations. "We had to be confident first".

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who visited the rescued boys on Monday night, confirmed yesterday that the stranded footballers were given medication to prevent anxiety and panic - identified as a key danger - while being evacuated.

All the boys have been taken to a Chiang Rai hospital for treatment and medical evaluations.

But two boys had "suspected lung problems which are being investigated", she added.

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"Some say the boys were heroes, others say they weren't".

"To not receive food, we can still survive for many months but what's necessary is water, which the cave has, and around this time there's a lot in the cave, and they chose clean water to drink", he said.

At least eight boys are in hospital quarantine, with doctors taking extra precautions to ensure their safe recovery - which includes having them wear protective sunglasses.

"We're here looking at this as a movie that could inspire millions of people around the globe", Scott said. Four more were brought out on Monday, and the operation ended on Tuesday with the rescue of the last four boys and their 25-year-old coach.

Rescue mission chief Narongsak Osottanakorn said the boys were just being children when they got lost and no-one was to blame.

A Google search on Tuesday for the words "Thai cave rescue" or #ThaiCaveRescue revealed 359 million results, with interest peaking since last week when British divers found the boys and the rescue mission began. Lit by several beams of white light, the divers in wet suits and helmets are seen submerging themselves in the water and grabbing on to a metal dive line used to guide them through the winding channels of the six-mile cave.

Pearce said Harris had "given his all, his family have given the support and we've given the support as well as an organization".

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