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Thai cave boys to return to 'normal life' after meeting media

The boys are due to leave the hospital and return to their normal lives

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Twelve boys and their football coach who were rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand are due to leave hospital and return home.

They have been in a Chiang Rai hospital since last week, when they were pulled from the Tham Luang cave complex in a dramatic three-day operation

The group will make their first public appearance at a news conference and answer questions about their ordeal.

After that they will go back to their homes and families, officials say.

"The reason to hold this evening press conference is so media can ask them questions and after that they can go back to live their normal lives without media bothering them," Thailand's chief government spokesman Sunsern Kaewkumnerd told news agency AFP.

Chiang Rai's provincial governor Prachon Pratsukan added that it would be their "only official media interview", saying that there would "be no more speaking with the press after this".

Questions submitted by journalists were vetted ahead of time, and have been screened by a child psychiatrist to ensure they don't distress the boys.

The press conference is due to begin at around 18:00 local time (11:00 GMT).

There are also plans for the boys to be ordained as Buddhist monks for a short period of time, a tradition for males in Thailand who have experienced a misfortune.

source: BBC

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