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His Majesty sends morale-boosting message to rescuers seeking to evacuate footballers

Jul 04. 2018
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By The Nation

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His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Tuesday sent his moral support to those working to extract footballers found alive but weak on Monday night deep in the Tham Luang cave.

His Majesty sent his message through Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

“Initial praises are good, but please remain focused on the operation, which will be deemed successful once everyone is brought out to their families safely,” said General Prayut in conveying the message from the King.

“The success is yielded from a systematic operation plan and the unity of both Thais and foreigners who join in the operation or to provide moral support,” Prayut quoted the King as saying.

“The plan to bring the team out of the cave has to be well-thought-out and reflect [the survivors’] physical and mental health. The plan has to be safe and not reckless. No harm or loss must be caused to either [the survivors] or the rescuers,

“Then, [the survivors] should have their health checked at hospitals before returning to their families. Tham Luang cave should then be restored and have its safety measures levelled up,” the King reportedly said.

“Lesson must be learnt from experiences. This lesson can be used to prepare disaster alarm system and modern alarm and rescue equipment. Irrigation departments should also make evaluations and plans in case of disasters.

“Foreigners who join this operation should be treated well. When the mission is over, they should receive good hospitality as the Royal guests until they depart [from Thailand].”

The 12 young members of the Mu Pa Academy football team and their assistant coach were discovered on a mud shelf by two experienced UK cave divers on Monday evening some 400 metres beyond the so-called the “Pattaya Beach” location that they were expected to be found.

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