The 12 boys rescued from the Tham Luang caves in northern Thailand made their first public appearance in Chiang Rai on Wednesday, following their release from hospital. After holding a press conference, the team offered a prayer at a Buddhist shrine specially set up at the conference centre and paid their respects before a portrait of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn. Then, the boys thanked... Еще the gathered crowd consisting of their families, friends, and the press with a traditional Thai greeting. Before heading home, they received gifts in white boxes and once again received applause from attendees. The team of 12 boys and their coach were finally all rescued on July 10 after they entered the cave as part of an excursion but became trapped after a sudden, continuous downpour of rain flooded the underground area. They were found alive after a 10-day operation carried out by Thai forces and international rescue teams.