Thailand's video thank-you to the world airs on CNN

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The government has released a video expressing the country's thanks for global support and sympathy during the daunting 17-day search and rescue mission at Chiang Rai's Tham Luang Cave.

It was first aired on CNN on Sunday and is being widely shared on social media. 

The video produced by the Tourism Authority of Thailand opens with the July 2 scene of the Wild Boars football team stranded inside the dark cave, emaciated but safe. 

The text message in the video notes that humanity was at its best, with expert divers, engineers and doctors from around the world gathering to attempt the so-called "Mission Impossible". 

First footage shows how trapped footballers were rescued

  • The Thai Navy SEAL Facebook page on Wednesday released a video clip that shows for the first time how the 13 Mu Pa Academy football team members were evacuated from the Tham Luang cave.
  • The 12 young footballers and their 25-year-old assistant coach were trapped in the cave since June 23 after flash floods blocked their exit.
  • They were rescued after a marathon operation involving Thai and foreign experts. The mission ended on June 10.
  • The video showed the boys being extracted from inside the flooded cave amid darkness in what was described as the first time such a method was used in a rescue operation.
  • The footage gave an insight into a complex operation that had numerous divers using pulleys, ropes and rubber piping to take the stranded footballers to safety.
  • The 12 boys rescued from a Thai cave were sedated and passed on stretchers along the twisting, narrow passageways of the Tham Luang complex, a rescuer said on Wednesday (July 12).

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"An entire country in one in heartfelt thanks," the text says. "Without national boundaries, working in unity, the world is one. Thank You [from] the People of Thailand."

The rescue mission from June 24-July 10 captured global attention, with prominent figures including US President Donald Trump, SpaceX founder Elon Musk and football icons such as David Beckham commenting publicly on the unprecedented effort.