Thai cave rescue: Despite anxiety-filled days, parents not angry with coach

A mother and youngest brother of Ekarat Wongsukchan, a Thai boy who was trapped in the cave, watching a news report showing the 12 young boys on television as rescue operations take place, at the Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, Thai
A mother and youngest brother of Ekarat Wongsukchan, a Thai boy who was trapped in the cave, watching a news report showing the 12 young boys on television as rescue operations take place, at the Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, Thailand, on July 4, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

CHIANG RAI • Parents and relatives of the Moo Pa Academy (Wild Boars) youth football team have not seen their children for 12 days since they became trapped in a cave in Thailand's northern Chiang Rai province.

But despite having endured more than a week of anxious waiting for their children to be rescued, some of them say they bear no resentment towards the group's assistant coach Ekkapol Chantawong, 25, who led the boys on that fateful visit to the Tham Luang cave.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2018, with the headline 'Despite anxiety-filled days, parents not angry with coach'. Print Edition | Subscribe