Trapped Thai soccer team dug a five-yard tunnel to try and escape cave

Trapped Thai soccer team had dug a five-yard TUNNEL in a bid to escape from flooded cave, navy doctor reveals as he praises their ‘great morale’

  • Dr Pak Loharachun revealed the boys often tried to dig their way out of Thai cave 
  • He lauded their discipline and how they put garbage in bin bags after meals
  • Coach with the 12 kids praised for ensuring they ate before he did in the ordeal

The navy doctor who stayed with the 12 trapped kids and their football coach in a Thailand cave has revealed how the youngsters tried to dig their way to freedom.

Impressed with ‘their optimism and great morale’, Lt Col Dr Pak Loharachun wrote that the children used bits of rock in a bid to escape. 

‘Every day, the kids dug a hole into a wall with rock fragments to find a way out,’ he said.

Members of the trapped Thai soccer team used rock fragments to dig holes in the walls of the Tham Luang mountain cave complex

The boys who were rescued last week have been praised for showing great morale, mental and physical strength during the ordeal

‘They managed to dig five metres deep although they had nothing to eat,’ Loharachun added in a Facebook post, according to Bangkok post.

He went on to say the Wild Boars team has better physical and mental health than expected, courtesy of their ‘dedicated’ coach who had taken care of them.

The coach reputedly allowed the boys to eat first before taking his own meal. 

The Wild Boars team have been recovering at hospital since their dramatic rescue last week that gripped a worldwide audience

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Loharachun also noted that the kids were so well disciplined that they always put garbage in black plastic bags after every meal. 

The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach were safely brought out of the Tham Luang mountain cave complex near the border with Myanmar last week.

They initially planned to explore the cavern for about an hour after soccer practice on June 23, but a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels, trapping them. 

A perilous rescue operation drew global media attention and hundreds of journalists to the scene.

The 12 footballers and their coach were exploring the cave complex when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels, trapping them

Two British divers found them on July 2 squatting on a mound in a flooded chamber several kilometers inside the complex. 

Rescuers then had to work out how to get them out through the tunnels, some of which were full of fast-flowing floodwater. 

The boys and their coach have been in hospital in the northern town of Chiang Rai since they were rescued. 

Their dramatic story is already set for a retelling by Hollywood, with two production companies looking to put together movies about the boys and their rescue.

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