CHIANG RAI - Scribbled notes by the trapped boys and their coach were posted on the Thai Navy Seal Facebook page on Saturday (July 7) morning.
The group from the “Wild Boar” football team entered the Tham Luang cave complex in northern Chiang Rai province on June 23 and got trapped as floodwaters gushed in.
Thai Navy Seals, soldiers, police, engineers and volunteers are working round the clock to try and drain the cave, and rescue them.
The first page of the notes, written by assistant coach Ekkapol Chanthawong, says: “What we want to communicate: The kids say don’t be worried about them. All of them are strong. They would like to eat many different kinds of foods when they come out. Teachers, please don’t give them too much homework. The SEALs and doctor Phak, who are taking care of the children, are also well.”
Here are the rest of the notes:
"Father and mother, please don't worry about me. I am fine. Please take me to eat fried chicken after this. I love you."
- Chanintr Wiboonroongruang, 11 (Titan)
"I love father and mother. Don't worry about me. I'm safe now."
- Sompong Chaiwong, 13 (Pong)
"I love you mom and dad and I want to eat pork shabu."
- Pipat Potiayu, 15 (Nick)
"I'm fine. It's a little cold here."
- Duangphet Promthep, 13, (Dom)
"Don't worry about us now. I miss everyone and I want to go home quickly."
- Adul Sam-0n, 14 (Adul)
"I love you mom and dad. I love you all."
- Piraphat Sompiangjai, 16 (Nite)
"I miss you mom and dad. Don't worry about me. I can take care of myself."
- Natthawut Thakhamsai, 14, (Tle)
"I'm safe, please don't worry. I love father and mother and everyone."
- Prajak Sutham, 14 (Note)
"Mum, are you doing well at home? I am doing well. Please tell my teacher I love her. Love you, mum."
- Mongkol Boonpiam, 13 (Mongkol)
"Don’t worry about me. I miss you all, grandpa, aunt, mother, dad and siblings. I am happy inside here. The Seals take good care of me. Love you all."
- Panumat Sangdee, 13 (Mix)
"Don’t worry about me, dad and mum. I’ll be away for just two weeks. I’ll later help you, mum, sell goods when I have time. I’ll rush out of here."
- Ekarat Wongsukjan, 14 (Bew)
"Don’t worry about me. I hope you all, dad, mum, and siblings, are happy."
- Pornchai Khamluang, 16 (Tee)
"To the relatives of the boys, now they are alright. All the divers are taking good care of them. I promise you I will take the best care of them. I thank all for support and I apologise to you.
"To aunt and grandmother, I'm alright. Do not worry about me. Please take care of yourself. Please prepare vegetable juice and dried pork skin for me. I'll eat it when I'm out. I love all of you."
- Coach Ekkapol Chantawong, 25 (Ake)
The notes have triggered a surge of emotion from families, who are facing an agonising wait for a dangerous evacuation.
“I am so happy to see his letter, his handwriting. I’m almost crying... It doesn’t matter how long I wait as long as he is safe," Piraphat Sompiangjai's mother Supaluk Sompiengjai was cited by AFP as saying.