Some members of the “Wild Boars” football team rescued from a cave in northern Thailand turned to God on their first night home with their families after saying prayers at a Buddhist temple.
After their sensational rescue from the cave a fortnight ago, the teammates and coach were discharged from hospital Wednesday, bringing an end to their 18-day ordeal inside Tham Luang cave with no food and only rainwater to drink.
After spending a night at home many of the boys attended a ceremony the next morning at Wat Pha That Doi Wao in Mae Sai near the Myanmar border where they prayed for longevity and a good life, AFP writes.
They also paid tribute to a former Thai Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan, who ran out of oxygen and died while helping resupply air tanks along the cave’s narrow passageways.
He was the only casualty in the otherwise successful operation that was dubbed “Mission Impossible”.
Wearing threads of white string tied around their wrists and holding hands together in prayer, the boys sat together in the temple while chants of Buddhist monks filled the room.
Cameras flashed away as the now-famous Wild Boars entered the temple on Thursday, in a sign of the ongoing interest in the story.
Film production houses have said they are looking into a Hollywood-style treatment of the harrowing ordeal, which captivated people around the world as the risky operation to extract the team unfolded.