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Doctor Richard Harris right with his dive partner Craig Challen SUPPLIED Doctor Richard Harris right with his dive partner Craig Challen
Deanna Wagner | 13 July, 2018, 02:18

The authorities had previously denied the children were drugged but Prayut Chan-o-Cha confirmed that they had been given an anxiolytic "to make them not excited, not stressed".

Narongsak Osottanakorn confirmed that all 12 boys and their coach are recovering well, and doctors have said there is no need to worry about their physical and mental health.

"Everyone is strong in mind and heart", he said at a news conference of officials involved in the rescue. Three have slight lung infections.

The 12 boys and their coach, Ekkapol Ake Chantawong, were confirmed to be physically healthy, with only three of the boys treated for minor pneumonia. "I want to see the face of my child and embrace him and ask him how he feels and how he's doing". "The coach was the one to choose".

Heavy rains had flooded the Tham Luang cave blocking the football team in after they first entered on June 23.

But he denied they were knocked out for the miraculous rescue.

Divers said they heard screaming from inside the cave and saw workers scrambling towards the entrance as water levels rose.

Thailand's Navy, whose SEAL unit led the rescue, and the Thai government have selected Ivanhoe Pictures to develop a film that would be directed by John M Chu, the president of Ivanhoe Pictures, John Penotti, said in a statement.

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Messages were sent to the Thai boys following the Thai cave rescue.

"And we're here witnessing the events, gathering some contacts and everything, to really tell a story about an global effort, the entire world coming together to save (12) kids trapped in this Thai cave".

The trapped group in Thailand have now all been rescued from the cave, and are now recuperating in hospital.

"If you can imagine being physically and mentally exhausted going through a rescue and having to deal with that, when you're at your lowest ebb, you've given it all and then you find out the sad news about your father, who's your best mate - that's really, really tough", Pearce said.

Narongsak said about half of the 13 foreign divers on the crack team of 18 who rescued the boys were British.

Thailand's decision to dive the boys out despite their weak condition and lack of diving experience was made when a window of opportunity was provided by relatively mild weather. And the confidence of the diving team, and expertise specific to the cave, grew after its first successful mission Sunday.

The boys had earlier received an invitation to come watch the World Cup final in Russian Federation, but doctors said they could not go as they were still confined to their hospital beds. Before their discovery, they survived by drinking water dripping into their cramped refuge.

"My job was to transfer them along", he said, adding the "boys were wrapped up in stretchers already when they were being transferred" and were monitored at regular intervals by doctors posted along the kilometres-long escape route.