A new video has emerged showing the rescued Thai boys wearing hospital gowns, face masks and waving at their parents and loved ones.
He spoke of the "relief" he felt at seeing the boys, members of a football team called the Wild Boars, rescued after their 18-day ordeal in Thailand's Tham Luang Nang Non caves.
The story of the entrapment of the boys and their coach in the cave and their dramatic rescue has captivated people around the world. "I was afraid that he might think I was going to blame him, so I sent a letter of comfort to him in hospital", said the abbot.
The last four boys and their 25-year-old coach were brought to safety on Tuesday. They were cut off on June 23 after heavy rains flooded the cave complex.More news: Evan Blass leaks official Galaxy Tab S4 render
The British divers behind the rescue are now back at home and speaking out about the effort.
Divers who rescued the Thai soccer team who were trapped in a cave first practiced on local children in a swimming pool.
The foreign affairs department also extended its condolences to the family of a former Thai Navy Seal diver who sacrificed his life during the rescue mission. "Saman Kunan is the real hero", Osottanakorn told reporters. Now, there's no guarantee that Pure Flix, the production company that first announced that it was eyeing the movie rights to the story, would whitewash the film, but considering its roster of faith-based movies like God's Not Dead and God's Not Dead 2, it's highly likely that they would.
All will be discharged from hospital in the northern town of Chiang Rai on Thursday, he said.More news: Video of Man Harassing Woman Over Puerto Rico Shirt Sparks Probe
"I want to have crispy pork rice and barbecue pork rice", 15-year-old Pipat Photi said in the video. "That won't happen or we'll give them hell", Chu tweeted, adding it's "a attractive story" about human beings saving other human beings.
One concern has been how they will deal with the fame, given the huge attention, both from within Thailand and beyond, on the case.
With them are six Australian Federal Police cave divers, one Defence diver and a support crew who have been described as integral to the rescue operation.
"As they were coming down the slope, we were counting them until we got to 13 ... unbelievable", he said during a press conference at Heathrow Airport. Moreover, Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha confirmed the boys were given the drug "to make them not excited, not stressed", according to the Daily Mail.More news: Endurance man Anderson downs Isner in ultra marathon to reach final