In a shocking news, 12 boys and their football coach was were stuck in a cave in Northern Thailand.
"He could meditate up to an hour", said his aunt, Tham Chanthawong. "It has definitely helped him and probably has helped the boys stay calm".
He said the journey in to where they were, deep in the caves, had exhausted even experienced divers.
CNN is changing that narrative somewhat, referencing a new doctor's report that described the coach and two boys as experiencing exhaustion from malnutrition and quoting an unnamed Thai Navy SEALs member who says that based on the group's health, no extraction effort will be made on Thursday. They seem to be in good spirits, occasionally laughing. "Trying to take non-divers through a cave is one of the most risky situations possible, even if the dives are relatively easy", Anmar Mirza, the US National Cave Rescue Commission coordinator, was quoted as saying by AP. Yet it is something being considered with storms on the way that could worsen the floods.
Their skinny faces illuminated by a flashlight, the Thai soccer teammates stranded for almost two weeks in a partly flooded cave said in a video released Wednesday that they were healthy, as heavy rains forecast for later this week threatened to complicate plans to safely extract the boys. The monsoon lasts until the end of summer.
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"Being discovered was a moment of elation", Auerbach said, "but that is now followed by the reality that a hard technical rescue might be necessary, which carries with it disappointment for the boys and a new set of fears".
"He could meditate up to an hour", she said. "I told them that all the big teams had gone home", the navy Seal member said. The boys - aged from 11 to 16 - would be accompanied by professional divers.
Experts say Ekapol's meditation - a mainstay of the Buddhist faith - likely served the group well. "They also learn tactile communication", said Chew, who has done cave dives in China, the Philippines and Mexico. "Feeling loved and cared for is paramount".
Aisha Wiboonrungrueng, whose 11-year-old son Chanin is trapped in the cave, has no doubt that Ekapol's calm personality has influenced the boys' state of mind. Outside, search teams are still looking for alternate ways in to reach them. No one was crying or anything.
A British caver has been hailed "a magician" after he used his unique knowledge of Thailand's underground tunnels to lead rescuers to the 12 stranded school boys. A Thai official overseeing the rescue operation of the soccer team trapped in the flooded cave said they may not all be extracted at the same time depending on their health.
"To be able to keep them occupied would be helpful, but that group has shown great resilience", he said Tuesday. Our tears also ran.
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He said that could include "daily hygiene routines, regular meal times, age-appropriate cognitive activities, regular physical exercise to the extent feasible in limited space, religious/spiritual practices, and specific times for daily briefings on their situation and for communicating with their families".
Rescuers found their bicycles, football boots and backpacks near the cave's opening, and spotted handprints and footprints further in - leading them to the spot they were eventually found.
Musk responded to a tweet asking if he could assist in getting the boys and their coach out of the cave, writing: "I suspect that the Thai govt has this under control, but I'm happy to help if there is a way to do so".
He said it would be challenging for the boys.
"Their re-entry into the world outside the cave will predictably be one of massive attention from family, friends and the media", Auerbach said, noting it could be overwhelming.
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