Warm welcome awaits Thai boys after rescue

[(QUOTE_RULE)]Volunteers near the Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai celebrating the successful rescue work yesterday. The restrictions placed by the authorities on access to the cave did not stop people from stepping up as volunteers - some offer
Volunteers near the Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai celebrating the successful rescue work yesterday. The restrictions placed by the authorities on access to the cave did not stop people from stepping up as volunteers - some offered to clean toilets or wash laundry, while others became translators for foreign rescue workers. PHOTO: REUTERS
[(QUOTE_RULE)]Volunteers near the Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai celebrating the successful rescue work yesterday. The restrictions placed by the authorities on access to the cave did not stop people from stepping up as volunteers - some offer
Provision shop owner Mr Sanan with daughters Sui and Ping (green shirt). The family cooked Thai food for 20 volunteer climbers. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
[(QUOTE_RULE)]Volunteers near the Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai celebrating the successful rescue work yesterday. The restrictions placed by the authorities on access to the cave did not stop people from stepping up as volunteers - some offer
A rescue helicopter seen arriving at a landing pad near the Chiang Rai hospital yesterday. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
Onlookers cheering after they spotted an ambulance carrying one of the schoolboys leaving a military airport for the hospital.
Onlookers cheering after they spotted an ambulance carrying one of the schoolboys leaving a military airport for the hospital. PHOTO: REUTERS

Friends planning belated birthday parties for two of them; school to provide extra classes

Classmates and teachers of the 12 Thai boys who were trapped in a cave for 17 days are preparing to give them a warm welcome once they return to school following their rescue which garnered worldwide attention.

Like mostly everywhere else or perhaps more so, the residents in the border town of Mae Sai were overjoyed when news first emerged that the boys were safe.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 11, 2018, with the headline 'Warm welcome awaits Thai boys after rescue'. Print Edition | Subscribe