Now that the 12 Thai boys and their football coach are safely out of the Tham Luang cave, I'm pretty certain that anyone who plans to visit that cave would think twice before entering, considering what happened.
Narongsak Osottanakorn, who orchestrated the successful rescue of the "Wild Boars" and their coach from the complex Tham Luang cave system in Chiang Rai this week, said on Wednesday the caves offered an opportunity to bring in tourists to the region.
The rescue mission began after the youth soccer team became trapped when heavy rainfall flooded the cave system on June 23.
Experts say the divers brought a variety of skills, including the ability to install guide lines that help in low visibility, and previous experience in worldwide operations.
Two of the 13 frontline foreign expert divers, British pair Richard Stanton and John Volanthen, were the first to locate the team on a shelf several kilometres inside Tham Luang nine days after they went in.
"Some of them were asleep, some of them were wiggling their fingers".
The last rescued boys and their coach arrive at Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital on Tuesday in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
Junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha on Tuesday said the boys had been given a "minor tranquilliser" to prevent anxiety during the complex extraction bid.
But he denied they were knocked out for the miraculous rescue.
Three hours after the final five were rescued, pumping machinery failed and the water level rose dramatically. They forged deeper into the cave and found a dry, elevated slope where they remained stranded in total darkness for 10 days before rescuers located them. Jessada also said a psychiatrist was attending to the boys, who are sleeping well and are not showing symptoms of stress. A health department inspector previously told journalists that one of the boys had a lung infection and that all children were vaccinated for rabies and tetanus, according to the London Evening Standard. Last night a 14-year-old member of the trapped football team was also hailed as a hero. "At this time, now that the coach is out, just wait until he gives any statements and let's just wait altogether and find out at the same time", he said in an interview.
"We will sing a song for him", she said.
The boys were reportedly sedated though there have been conflicting reports about the kind of medicine they received, with some saying they got anti-anxiety medication to keep them calm while Peeranarong said some of them had been fully sedated. That ultimately proved not to be an option when oxygen levels within the tunnels dropped to risky levels.
He said his wife grew up with Samarn Poonan, the former Thai navy SEAL who died during the mission.