Watch: The moment British divers found 12 boys and football coach trapped in Thai cave

July 20, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

Dramatic footage was released early on Tuesday of an emaciated and bedraggled Thai youth football team crammed onto a wedge of dry ground surrounded by water deep inside a cave that had held them captive for nine days.

The group, mostly seated and with baggy football shirts pulled over their knees, asked for food and to leave the cave immediately, according to the video shared on the official Facebook page of the Thai Navy SEALS.

The first voice the young group heard was that of John Volanthen, an expert British diver who discovered them along with compatriot Rick Stanton.

"How many of you?" he asked. "Thirteen? Brilliant."

Mr Volanthen and Mr Stanton had been called in by the Thai authorities last week along with another British caving expert, Robert Harper.

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"Many, many people are coming… we are the first", a diver tells them as he lights the group with a torch.

In the 5-minute navy video, the boys are quiet as they sit on their haunches, legs bent in front of them.

"You are very strong," one of the rescuers says in English. Someone asks what day it is, and the rescuer responds, "Monday. Monday. You have been here – 10 days."

One boy, noticing the camera and hearing unfamiliar words, says in Thai, "Oh, they want to take a picture; tell him we’re hungry. I haven’t had anything to eat."

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Then the boy breaks into simple English, saying, "Eat, eat, eat," to which another voice responds in Thai that he already told that to the rescuer.

One of the group can be heard saying he is very happy, while the British voice replies: "We are happy too."

One of the boys then says: "Thank you so much."

Someone asks the men where they are from and the British voice replies: "England, UK."