Thai Coach Reveals How The Trapped Players Chose Who Would Escape The Cave First

"We put the hopes on them to tell the families we are coming out and prepare food."

Thai Coach Reveals How The Trapped Players Chose Who Would Escape The Cave First

After a successful rescue mission of a Thailand's youth soccer team from a Tham Luang Nang cave, their coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, said the young players had a plan in place for their escape. Not realizing their story had received global media coverage, the team planned on riding their bikes back home once they escaped the cave. 

At last week's press conference, Chanthawong, 25,  said the boys, in an act of selflessness, had agreed that those who lived the furthest away would be saved first, per Business Insider.

"We were thinking, when we get out of the cave, we would have to ride the bicycle home," Ekapol said at the press conference. "So the persons who lived the furthest away would be allowed to go out first… so that they can go out and tell everyone that we were inside, we were okay."

He also dismissed claims that boys chosen to be rescued first were based on health and bravery. Australian doctor-diver Richard Harris was a part of the rescue mission. 

"I talked with Dr. Harris. Everyone was strong and no one was sick. Everybody had a strong mental state. Dr. Harris said, 'there's no preference,'" Chanthawong said at the press conference, according to Business Insider. 

In the end, they decided that boys who lived the furthest would go first, so they could inform the town that everyone was safe. "We put the hopes on them to tell the families we are coming out and prepare food," Chanthawong said. 

Cover image via Linh Pham/Getty Images.

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